Militants fighting NATO forces in Afghanistan are also trying to destabilize Pakistan, and the alliance should therefore take a more regional approach to the Afghan conflict, NATO's chief said on Thursday. NATO needed to bolster its contacts with Pakistan because its stability was crucial to the success of the NATO's Afghan mission, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said. "We should increase military-to-military engagement in Pakistan and deepen the political dialogue," de Hoop Scheffer told reporters at the start of a two-day meeting of NATO defense ministers in the Polish city of Krakow.