The top leadership of Taliban in Afghanistaninfo-icon has reportedly initiated efforts to end conflictinfo-icon with the Islamic Stateinfo-icon, also known as Da'ish.

 According to Khaama Press, a source privy to the development said Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada had also instructed his fighters to not attack IS militants.

Citing a source privy to the development, the local news outlet claimed Akhundzada said that the Taliban and IS-led insurgency are 'similar' and therefore the conflict between the groups should end.

The move came months after a United Nationsinfo-icon report said that a combined force of Taliban and "self-proclaimed" Islamic State militants killed at least 36 people in what may amount to warinfo-icon crimes during a raid on a northern Afghan town in August.

A spokesperson for the Taliban, however, called the UN report "baseless allegations" and "false claims". Zabihullah Mujahid repeated an earlier statement that the Taliban had killed 28 pro-government militia fighters, but no civilians were harmed. He also denied that Islamic State was involved in the fighting.

On the other hand, Da'ish also released a statement saying it had led the attack and killed about 54 Shias. (WITH INPUT FROM AGENCIES)