U.S. to focus more on Pakistan, Afghanistan to curb border violence

Washington, July 26 (ANI): The United States has said it will now focus more on working with Islamabad and Kabul to contain militant activities along the porous Durand Line.

"We are working closely with both countries, to try to limit violence along the Afghan-Pakistan border," The Express Tribune quoted a Pentagon spokesperson, as saying.

Pakistan has asked Kabul to act against safe havens of militants in its eastern Kunar and Nooristan provinces, in the backdrop of more than a dozen deadly cross-border assaults that have killed over 100 people, including civilians and soldiers.

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

"We are 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 for transferring full security responsibility to Afghans and end the combat mission in Afghanistan.

Last week, the ISAF commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, said his forces were ready to act on the Afghan side of the border if Pakistan reciprocates on its side of the Durand Line against militant safe havens. (ANI)