ISLAMABAD - The military commanders from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Western military alliance pledged on Monday to continue cooperation against the prevalent threat across the Pak-Afghan border posed by the militants through their widely used weapon-Improvised Explosive Device.The development followed a meeting of the Working Group's Sub-Committee for Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IEDs) at the General Headquarters participated by the Armies operational heads from the three sides. The Sub-Committee works under the umbrella of the Tripartite Commission (TPC).This was the third meeting since last year held to discuss the IEDs issue from the TPC platform. The previous two meetings were reportedly held in May and November 2012, according to informed sources. Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Major General Sean B. MacFarland, Pakistan Army Director General Military Operations (DG MO) Major General Ishfaq Nadeem and DG MO Afghan National Army (ANA) Major General Afzal Aman were part of the Monday meeting."The participants dwelt at length on measures to counter the IED threat faced by the civil population as well as security forces on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border, reviewed and expressed their satisfaction over the progress made so far since establishment of the Working Group as a Sub-Committee of the Tripartite Commission. The Working Group resolved to take forward the good work already done through more intimate cooperation in the field of counter IED," Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. In the recent past, the military men and the civilians at both the sides of the Pak-Afghan border have increasingly faced terrorist attacks coming from the IEDs. On Jan 13th, over a dozen Pakistani soldiers lost their lives when the militants targeted their convoy using IEDs near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency (NWA). The attack had taken place a day after the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced not to attack Pakistani security forces in the NWA and to launch 'Jehad' in Indian Held Kashmir. Last month, an IED blast had claimed the lives of 10 girls in Afghan province of Nangarhar.The military officials said, the TPC's Sub-Committee on the C-IEDs has categorised landmines as part of the IEDs considering that several attack on allied forces and Pakistan Army were carried out using the landmines."Technically, there's a difference between the landmines and the IEDs, but generally, they have been categorised under the same definition to recognise the threat this kind of lethal technology poses to the forces fighting militancy in the north," a military source said. In November last year, the Pakistan Army, ANA and the ISAF commanders had signed Tripartite Border Coordination Mechanism during the 36th meeting of the TPC. Reportedly, the C-IEDs sub-committee meeting was also held on the sidelines of the event. Earlier in May, an ISAF delegation headed by General John Allen had arrived in Pakistan to attend a scheduled TPC meeting. Although, the C-IEDs' sub-committee meeting had reportedly taken place then, the efforts to continue cooperation had remained stalled owing to the Pak-US standoff over the NATO supplies resumption. According to the NATO's official data, the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) recognises IEDs as "one of the main causes of causalties among troops and exact a heavy toll on local populations. With the aim of reducing the risks posed by IEDs, the alliance helps members and partners in developing their own C-IED capabilities, with a particular emphasis on education and training, doctrine development and improving counter-measure technologies."The NATO says it introduced a C-IEDs action plan with two main focus areas: defeating the device itself and disrupting the network. "With defeating the device, various branches within NATO look at how to detect and neutralise IEDs, prepare and train soldiers for an IED environment, develop technology to prevent IED attacks and protect soldiers and civilians.""C-IED is not just about stopping or neutralising an IED once it is already in place, but also about identifying and disrupting the networks that create and initiate IEDs. The Alliance focuses on reducing the frequency and severity of IED attacks, while also targeting the networks that facilitate them. Understanding the various threat networks at the tactical to strategic levels is vital to success in current and future operations where battle lines are no longer linear," the NATO's official website says.