WASHINGTON - Pakistan will not allow foreign troops to operate on its soil, Ambassador Husain Haqqani said after an American media report that US military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for Special Forces ground raids on militant targets across the border into Pakistani tribal areas. Pakistani forces are capable of handling the militant threat within our borders and no foreign forces are allowed or required to operate inside our sovereign territory, the Pakistani ambassador said while reacting to a dispatch in the New York Times that the unnamed US officials are proposing to escalate military activities in Pakistan. US and Pakistani forces understand each others terms of engagement well and have a very high-level of cooperation as allies fighting a common enemy, along the Afghan border, Haqqani said. We work with our allies, especially the US, and appreciate their material support but we will not accept foreign troops on our soil - a position that is well known, he stated emphatically. The New York Times reported on Monday that senior American military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing with a sense of urgency for an expanded campaign of Special Forces ground raids across the border into Pakistans tribal areas. The proposal, described by American officials in Washington and Afghanistan, would escalate military activities inside Pakistan, where the movement of US forces has been largely prohibited because of fears of provoking a backlash, the newspaper said in a dispatch from Washington. At the same time, the Times, while calling the proposal risky, it reflects the growing frustration with Pakistans efforts to root out militants there. The plan has not yet been approved, the report said, but cites military and political leaders as saying that a renewed sense of urgency has taken hold, as the deadline approaches for the Obama administration to begin withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan. Even with the risks, military commanders were quoted as saying that using American Special Operations troops could bring an intelligence windfall, if militants were captured, brought back across the border into Afghanistan and interrogated. The Americans are known to have made no more than a handful of forays across the border into Pakistan, in operations that have infuriated Pakistani officials, the Times said. Now, American military officers appear confident that a shift in policy could allow for more routine incursions. The decision to expand American military activity in Pakistan, which would almost certainly have to be approved by President Obama himself, would amount to the opening of a new front in the nine-year-old war, which has grown increasingly unpopular among Americans, the dispatch pointed out. It would run the risk of angering a Pakistani government that has been an uneasy ally in the war in Afghanistan, particularly if it leads to civilian casualties or highly public confrontations. Reuters adds: A senior official for the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday strongly denied the New York Times report that the US was considering expanding Special Forces raids into Pakistan. There is absolutely no truth to reporting in the New York Times that US forces are planning to conduct ground operations into Pakistan, Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communication for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said in a statement from Kabul. He said US troops and their NATO-led allies, along with Afghan forces, had developed a strong working relationship with the Pakistan military to address shared security issues. This coordination recognises the sovereignty of Afghanistan and Pakistan to pursue insurgents and terrorists operating in their respective border areas.