Brussels - Reiterating Nato's open distancing from the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) drone strikes into Pakistani territory, Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said on Tuesday, "Nato's mandate ends at the border." Scheffer was speaking to a select group of Pakistani journalists at the Nato Headquarters in Brussels right before the annual ministerial conference. He distanced his organization from the drone attacks that have attracted much criticism in Pakistan, where the strikes have moved on from the semi-autonomous Fata to the settled areas of the NWFP as well. He was alluding to the presence of independent, non-Nato US troops there operating under the original Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Upon being questioned as to whether the existence of a parallel US military campaign, despite the existence of Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), was a comment on low US confidence in Nato, Scheffer denied there was any deficit of confidence. "Both (ISAF and independent US forces) have been in Afghanistan for some time now and are working very well together." He continued that the two forces were "distinct operations with distinct mission statements." He went on to say that there is, in fact, greater coordination between Nato and the Pakistan Army now. "I recently went to the Khyber Border Coordination Centre and was pleased with the level of coordination there. There was a sharing of data, including UAV video feeds at the centre. Personnel of the Pakistani Frontier Corps and the 11th Corps were working at the centre." He said he was encouraged by this sharing of information from the ISAF on their side of the border and the Pakistani security forces on theirs. Asked about the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Scheffer condemned the incidents strongly and hoped that the recent climate of good relations between India and Pakistan was not dampened by these terrible incidents. "Pakistani President Asif Zardari made some very interesting comments relating to India recently," he observed hoping "that spirit does not fizzle out in the wake of the attacks." "Nato is not and should not be a regional player," he added "I cannot do more as Secretary General of Nato to call upon both sides to work together to fight this common enemy." On Pak-Afghan relations, he said that the forces trying to destabilize Pakistan were the same that were trying to destabilize Afghanistan. The two countries should cooperate in the war against extremist militancy. "Recently President Karzai called President Zardari an ally. That is a very good sign in the relations between the two countries." Pertaining to relations with Pakistan, he said, "The deepening of a political dialogue with Pakistan is in our interest and I am impressed by the pro-activism of President Asif Ali Zardari who appears pro-active in fighting the forces who are trying to destabilize both Pakistan and Afghanistan. We have great common interest in deepening both political and military dialogue".