ISLAMABAD - NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer on Thursday pledged increased cooperation with Pakistan in fight against terrorism but said Islamabad should step up efforts to curb the menace that would also help restore peace in Afghanistan. Addressing a joint Press conference here with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, NATO chief also said the surge announced by United States in its troops for Afghanistan would not bring an end to ongoing war in Afghanistan without reconstruction. NATO chief, who reached here Wednesday on a two-day visit, spent a busy Thursday having meetings with President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar and Advisor to Prime Minister on Security Rehman Malik. Pakistani leaders demanded of the NATO chief that the US drone attacks on tribal areas must be stopped as it was harming the anti-terrorism efforts, according to officials privy to high-level consultations. In his meeting with the President, NATO chief also expressed understanding for Pakistan's stand on the Mumbai incident and the need for Islamabad and New Delhi to cooperate closely in the investigations of the incident. At the Press conference, the NATO chief said, "We can all do more and we can all do better, NATO very much included." He said, "ISAF efforts on the Afghan side of the border can and will be stepped up this year and more action is also necessary against those extremists inside this country who are planning and conducting terrorist attacks inside Afghanistan." He said Pakistan was naturally part of a solution to the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. The NATO chief said Pakistan and NATO shared common strategic objectives. "Success in stabilizing Afghanistan cannot be accomplished by or within Afghanistan alone. It is clear that instability and extremism next door is feeding the same menaces in Pakistan and the vice versa," he said. He stressed the need of setting up border coordination centres along the Pak-Afghan border. Scheffer said NATO was working on deepening its cooperation with the democratic elected government in Pakistan. He said that NATO respected the sovereignty of Pakistan. He said NATO recognized the role played by Pakistan Army and its Frontier Corps in fighting extremism and militancy in tribal areas and NWFP. "Pakistani security forces have paid a heavy price in protecting the border and defending the supply lines for NATO forces in Afghanistan," he said adding, "We are grateful to Pakistan for this." He said that the NATO's new supply path to Afghanistan had been agreed with Central Asian States and Russia as an option to the troubled Pakistani route in Khyber Agency. Pakistan cautioned NATO that any 'activation' on its border with India would affect its involvement in the war on terror, including the anti- militancy drive launched by it in the tribal areas. Any 'activation on the eastern border' would affect Pakistan's involvement in the war on terror, Qureshi told reporters. "Despite our concerns we are are fulfilling our responsibilities and obligations on the western borders," he said. "If we are more focussed our efficiency will improve." Qureshi said his meeting with NATO Secretary General was very productive in which they discussed a host of issues including Afghanistan and tension between Pakistan and India after Mumbai attacks. He said NATO has over 50,000 troops in Afghanistan and the new American administration had also decided to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan as a military surge to defeat terrorism. He, however, said military was not the only solution to the problem of extremism, adding there was a need for economic, infrastructure development and political engagement in this regard. Foreign Minister Qureshi said the two sides also discussed institutionalizing of interaction at political and strategic levels. He said that he briefed the NATO Secretary General about the steps taken by Pakistan for de-escalation of tensions with India in the aftermath of Mumbai attacks. He said he also conveyed Pakistan's concern over Gaza situation and the killing of civilians including women and children in Israeli bombardment. Answering a question, Foreign Minister Qureshi said that de-escalation of tension at border with India would help Pakistan to concentrate more on western border and focus on fight against terrorism. He said the initial statements from new US administration led by Barack Obama were encouraging and the visit of US Vice President Joe Biden to Pakistan before the inauguration was a positive development. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Chaudary Ahmed Mukhtar Thursday said that drone attacks from across the western borders were generating sympathies for terrorists. He said this while talking to the visiting NATO Secretary General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer, who called on him on Thursday at the Ministry of Defence. Expressing Pakistan's concern over drone attacks on its territory, the minister said that the sovereignty of Pakistan needs to be respected and the attacks could prove counter-productive by generating sympathies for terrorists and consequentially affecting the anti-terror efforts of the government. Ahmed Mukhtar said that Pakistan was committed to fighting and eliminating the menace of terrorism and extremism. He informed the NATO's Secretary General that Pakistan has suffered a lot at the hands of terrorists and paid heavy price for the anti-terror war. He also urged the international community to understand and realise Pakistan's difficulties and assist it by strengthening and enhancing its capacity in terms of finance and equipment to weed out the menace of terrorism. Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar further said that the international community should focus on sustainable development of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and provide incentives and job opportunities to the locals of the area. "The job opportunities would certainly contain the growing influence of the militants," said the minister. NATO Secretary General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer told the minister the NATO troops were conducting operations on the other side of the border and its mandate stopped at the Pak-Afghan border. He told the minister that it was in the interest of both Pakistan and NATO to work closely and enhance cooperation to defeat terrorists on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border. Pakistan and NATO also expressed concern over the poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, the main source of funding for terrorists activities. The tension in Pak-India relations after Mumbai attacks also came under discussion. Ahmed Mukhtar said that the government and the people of Pakistan had strongly condemned the attacks by the non-state actors. Ahmed Mukhtar further said that Pakistan was conducting investigation into the attacks. He said that the focus should remain on counter-terrorism and not blame-game or war rhetoric to escalate tension further between the two countries. He informed Jaap De Hoop Scheffer that the current Pak-India tension had put the anti-terror efforts in jeopardy as Pakistan could only focus on its western border if there was peace on its eastern border, the dividing line between Pakistan and India. Secretary Defence, Lt General (Retd) Syed Athar Ali also attended the meeting.