Pakistani Army lacks counter-insurgency capability needed to take on the Taliban and other extremists but Islamabad does not want any significant "American footprint" in the country to aid their efforts, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said. In an interview to CNN, Mr. Gates said the Pakistani army, which has for decades considered India as its main enemy, has been trained to deal with that threat but it has only now begun developing a counter-insurgency capability. Asked if there would be more US trainers on the ground in Pakistan to enhance the forces' capacity to fight the battle against the Taliban, Gates said: "There has been reluctance on their part up to now. They don't like the idea of a significant American military footprint inside Pakistan." Mr. Gates said it took the US several years to change its tactics and to get into a position where it could effectively fight an insurgency. He said the recent upsurge of militants, failure of the peace deal in Swat and their taking over the Buner has served as a "wakeup call" to the Pakistani leadership, who have now begun to realise that the Taliban pose the most important security challenge to their country. The US, he said, is "willing to do pretty much whatever we can to help the Pakistanis in this situation."