US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman.—AP

ISLAMABAD: US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman on Thursday arrived in Pakistan for talks with the country's top political and military leadership.

Grossman held an important meeting with Pakistan's army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. The two discussed US concerns about the Haqqani network and other security issues, DawnNews reported.

During the meeting, Kayani told Grossman that Afghanistan’s soil was being used against Pakistan. He made it clear to the US envoy that Pakistan would not tolerate cross-border attacks from Afghanistan any longer.

The army chief also laid stress on better bilateral ties based on mutual cooperation.

The general said Pakistan was taking steps to halt the movement of terrorists in the Pak-Afghan border area.

He also urged a stepped up role for the trilateral commission. The commission should be provided with more intelligence sharing to curb terrorism, he added.

Mr Grossman, during the meeting, said that the strains in relation between the two allies were temporary and that the two countries needed to think of a way forward.

He said that Pakistan and other countries in the region were facing terror threats and that the US wanted better ties with Pakistan.

Mr Grossman also held meetings with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

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