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Gates stresses common cause with Pakistan

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is telling Pakistani military students that the United States has no designs on Pakistan's nuclear weapons or, in his words, "a single inch of Pakistani soil."

world Updated: Jan 22, 2010 13:16 IST

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is telling Pakistani military students that the United States has no designs on Pakistan's nuclear weapons or, in his words, "a single inch of Pakistani soil."

Gates also told students at Pakistan's National Defense University in Islamabad on Friday that fighting terrorists along the Afghan border is in Pakistan's interest as well as the United States'.

The US wants Pakistan to take on Taliban militants who use its territory as a refuge.

A top Pakistani military official says a recent offensive into the region will be held up so that the area can be stabilized.