ISLAMABAD As long as the Americans are seen as leading the peace and development efforts in Afghanistan, the prospects of credible peace and reconciliation would remain questionable, was the advice that most of the Pakistani politicians and analysts gave to the International Task Force on Afghanistan (ITFA). The ITFA led by Lahkdar Brahimi, former Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, Tuesday left Islamabad for Kabul after three days of intensive consultations with Pakistani officials, analysts, and intelligentsia. The Task Force comprises prominent international diplomats such as the Turkish envoy Hikmet Cetin, former US envoys James Dobbins and Thomas Pickering. The programme was hosted by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS). Most of the non-governmental experts and civil society members including Ahsan Iqbal, Senator Ibrahim Khan (JI), Hashim Babar (ANP), former governor General (Retd) Ali Jan Orakzai, ambassadors Jehangir Ashraf Qazi, Riaz Khokhar, Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Shahzad Chaudhry, Masood Sharif Khattak inter alia told Brahimi and other members of the Task Force to let Afghans decide their future among themselves. Almost all Pakistanis drew the Task Forces attention to the high-handedness of the American administration in Afghanistan, Indo-American-Afghan mistrust of Pakistan, the increasing Indias role in Afghanistan, and the heavy reliance on the military option as some of the obstructions in the way of reconciliation. Pakistan can play an important role - not by choice but by compulsion of being Afghanistans next door neighbor - but the Afghans must first be asked as to what assistance they expect from Pakistan. None of the countries fighting war in Afghanistan, including the United States, knows the end game, said Ahsan Iqbal, PML-N Secretary Information, urging Washington to make its future strategy clear about Afghanistan. Stop talking of mistrust and duplicity, diplomacy based on mutual geo-political interests and objectives, and not on moral metaphors such as mistrust and duplicity, Lt Gen. (Retd) Asad Durrani, former ISI chief, explained to the delegation. The United Nations must take its responsibility to bring peace in Afghanistan by involving all the major actors or stakeholders in the conflicted, emphasised Jahangir Ashraf Qazi. ANP leader Hashim Babar believed that all the militant forces in Afghanistan are united under the umbrella of the Al-Qaeda and they have one objective. There is no difference between the Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani Taliban, he claimed. Differing to Mr Babar, Marvi Memon, PML-Q leader, said that the Taliban fighting in Afghanistan against occupying forces had different objectives from those active in Pakistan, who were just trying to destabilise the country. Danyial Aziz, former chairman of National Reconstruction Bureau (NRB), told the Task Force that unless the interlocutor is trusted, no process of reconciliation could succeed. The only solution to the problem lies in talks with all the militant forces including the Mulla Omar-led Taliban in Afghanistan, stressed Lt General (Retd) Orakzai claiming that use of military force for another 10 years would end at stalemate.