WASHINGTON (APP) - Admiral Mike Mullen , Chairman US Joints Chiefs Staff, on Sunday said Pakistan has taken significant steps to counter Taliban insurgency in its Northwestern areas and acknowledged that the country has recently made a lot of progress toward that end. In fact, theyve actually made a lot of progress, taken significant military steps, had a significant impact and moved in a positive direction, Mullen told CBS TV channel, comparing the current drive in Swat and other areas with the situation a year ago. Mullen , who has been engaging with Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani , said the Pakistani military knows the area and is proceeding with its own plan to counter the threat. Hes (Gen Kayani) concerned about the focus both the threat from India as well as the growing threat in terms of the insurgency. Hes addressing both of those. Actually theyve done pretty well. In answer to a question, the top US military officer said General Kayani has a very deliberate plan and hes on his plan. Hes aware. He knows his country very well. The military leadership knows their country very well. And I think theyre dealing with it. He has pushed, I mean, he has a force focused in two different directions. Hes rotating forces not unlike us. So hes approaching it in a measured, thorough way. The admiral, however, also reminded that the effort is going to take some time.