Pentagon spokesman George Little – File photo by AP
Pentagon spokesman George Little – File photo by AP

WASHINGTON: Observing that the United States' relations with Pakistan are settling back into normal phase of cooperation, Washington on Wednesday said that it is working with both Islamabad and Kabul to contain violence along their porous border.

“Well, we're working closely with both countries, obviously, to try to limit violence along the Afghan-Pakistan border,” a Pentagon spokesman said, amid weeks of complaining from both sides about cross-border attacks along the restive Durrand Line.

Pakistan has asked Kabul to act against safe havens of Pakistani militants in its eastern Kunar and Nooristan provinces, in the backdrop of more than a dozen cross-border assaults that have killed over 100 people, including civilians and security forces. Reports say Mullah Fazlullah and other militants, who fled the Pakistani counterterrorism operations in Swat and Bajuar, have found refuge across the border in Afghanistan.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said “We are settling back into a normal phase of cooperation with our Pakistani partners. And border coordination, we believe, is improving.”

In answering a question, Little saw no change in the US-led allies' Afghan mission.

“In our estimation, I'm not sure there's any particular change to the mission in Afghanistan. We're carrying out the mission as we've designed it,” said Little.

“We're moving quickly and prudently toward implementation of the improvement of Afghan national security force capabilities. And, of course, we're following the Lisbon timeline toward the end of 2014,” he added, referring to the deadline set by Nato on transfer of full security responsibility to Afghans and end to combat mission in the conflict-ridden country.

Opinion

Editorial

Fleeting good news
Updated 03 Dec, 2022

Fleeting good news

Indeed, there is no other option to get out of the economic mess we have created in the last few years.
Battle for spoils
03 Dec, 2022

Battle for spoils

THE spectacle playing out inside a London courtroom shines a light on the struggle for control of the assets of the...
CM Bizenjo’s complaint
03 Dec, 2022

CM Bizenjo’s complaint

BALOCHISTAN Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo’s claim that his province is facing a financial crunch due to ...
Wayward ideology
02 Dec, 2022

Wayward ideology

Anyone who claims his legacy for themselves should not treat his words so whimsically.
Progressive stance
02 Dec, 2022

Progressive stance

THE timing of two encouraging developments in the fight against domestic violence in Pakistan could not have been...
China Covid protests
02 Dec, 2022

China Covid protests

PUBLIC protests are rare in China where the People’s Republic maintains order through a strict authoritarian code...