Top US officer in Pakistan ahead of war report

The top US military officer was in Pakistan Tuesday to press the case for a harder push against militants there.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010, 11:39 AM IST

Islamabad: The top US military officer was
in Pakistan Tuesday to press the case for a harder push against militants there.

Adm Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, is seeing Pakistan`s powerful Army chief days before
the White House releases an important assessment of the war in
Afghanistan. Part of that review is likely to say that safe
havens for militants in Pakistan are a major problem for the
US fighting next door in Afghanistan.

Mullen tells reporters the US military relationship
with Pakistan is much improved, but there are still major
disagreements. He said the safe havens issue is crucial, and
that Pakistan knows the US view.
"It`s a real critical piece of the overall strategy in
Afghanistan and Pakistan and it`s going to continue to be,"
Mullen said.
Pakistan has clamped down on militants but not as much
as the US and its NATO partners would like.

Bureau Report