ISLAMABAD Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Friday made it clear to the US that there should be no knock-on effect on Pakistan of the planned massive military offensive against Afghan insurgents in Helmand province. Well-placed military sources informed TheNation that General Kayani raised these concerns with senior US defence officials including National Security Advisor General (Retd) James L Jones and ISAF Commander in Afghanistan General Stanley A McChrystal who met separately with the COAS at GHQ. According to the informed sources, General Kayani made it clear that US-led military actions should remain within Afghan territory and emphasised the need for intelligence sharing with Pakistani security forces. The COAS reminded the visiting US dignitaries that sacrifices rendered by Pakistani security forces were far higher than what the causalities suffered by the coalition forces in Afghanistan. General Kayani also briefed the defence officials about progress in the South Waziristan operation and sought adequate number of check posts on Afghan side of the border to effectively curb insurgents cross-border movements. He also apprised the US officials of Pakistans point of view about US drone strikes. While the ISPR in its press release issued about these meetings said only matters of professional interest were discussed, informed sources disclosed that host of other issues also came under discussion during these meetings. The sources informed that apart from the professional matters, both sides discussed US exit strategy from Afghanistan, Pak-US military relation, regional security, and US-led offensive in Helmand province as well as Afghan plan to integrate moderate Taliban through dialogue. Both the US defence officials commended the role of Pakistani security forces in tackling the challenges relating to terrorism and said that US would strengthen its strategic partnership with Pakistan. While referring to General James L Joness meeting with the COAS, sources informed that US capacity building programme for Pakistani security agencies was also discussed. US National Security Advisor assured the COAS that US would take on board the Pakistans leadership ahead of its decisions regarding Afghanistan. He lauded the manner Pakistani security forces had successfully routed out the terrorists and extremists through major military operations in Swat-Malakand region and South Waziristan saying it was ample proof of Pakistan Armys professional capability. Assuring continued US assistance in enhancing capacity building of Pakistani security forces, General Jones that US would also continue to play its role in the reconstruction and development of Pakistan areas where military operations had been conducted.