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Top US military official urges 'productive' India-Pakistan ties

The highest-ranking US military officer on Monday encouraged Pakistan to forge "more productive ties" with India as the probe into the Mumbai attacks continues, the US embassy said here.

Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was making his second visit this month to Pakistan, one of Washington's key allies in the "war on terror This article is about U.S. actions, and those of other states, after September 11, 2001. For other conflicts, see Terrorism.

The War on Terror (also known as the War on Terrorism

Islamabad has come under pressure from India to be more cooperative in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, which New Delhi New Delhi (dĕl`ē), city (1991 pop. 294,149), capital of India and of Delhi state, N central India, on the right bank of the Yamuna River.  has blamed on Pakistan-based militants. Washington has sought to calm tensions between the neighbours.

Mullen discussed the Mumbai probe with Pakistani army chief Ashfaq Kayani and Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director-general of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence Noun 1. Inter-Services Intelligence - the Pakistan intelligence agency; a powerful and almost autonomous political and military force; has procured nuclear technology and delivery capabilities; has had strong ties with the Taliban and other militant Islamic groups  (ISI ISI International Sensitivity Index, see there ) agency, the US embassy said in a statement.

"Mullen encouraged the Pakistani leaders to use this tragic event as an opportunity to forge more productive ties with India and to seek ways in which both nations can combat the common threat of extremism together," it said.

The statement said the US admiral had welcomed Islamabad's efforts to arrest members of Lashkar-e-Taiba -- the group that New Delhi says was behind the deadly attacks on Mumbai, which left 163 civilians and nine gunmen dead.

"He also urged them to support judicial efforts to prosecute the cases fully and transparently," it added.

Earlier, Mullen met Pakistani national security adviser Mehmood Ali Durrani, a senior Pakistani government official told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

Washington and Kabul have been heaping pressure on Pakistan to do more to combat militancy within its borders and prevent insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon.  from crossing over into Afghanistan to attack US and NATO forces.

Mullen announced in the Afghan capital Kabul at the weekend that the United States could send up to 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan by the middle of next year.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday pressed him for more details about the US plans for the troop 'surge', insisting that Kabul be consulted about where the troops are to be deployed, Karzai's office said.

Karzai has repeatedly asked that the bulk of the 70,000 troops under NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
 in full North Atlantic Treaty Organization

International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion.
 and US command in Afghanistan be deployed in areas along the border with Pakistan.
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