New Delhi, Jan. 12 -- India's concerns about Pakistan's role in backing the Taliban figured in US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad's discussions with his interlocutors in New Delhi on the US-backed peace process in Afghanistan, people familiar with developments said on Friday.

Islamabad's push for talks with the Taliban against the backdrop of a planned US troop drawdown in Afghanistan has been causing anxiety in New Delhi, especially since Pakistan's efforts appeared to be aimed at minimising India's influence in the war-torn country. Simultaneously, Afghan leaders have been hinting they would prefer India to take on a larger role in shaping the peace process.

The people cited above said India's concerns were raised during Khalilz...