ISLAMABAD - Nato on Thursday said that either Pakistan was already carrying out a military operation against militants in Balochistan bordering southern Afghanistan or would be doing so in line with ongoing action on the other side of the border. We are trying to dry up the breathing line of the militants by intensifying our engagements in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. And I think Pakistani government and the armed force are doing or will be doing the same in Balochistan, said Admiral Giampaolo d Paola, Chairman Nato Military Committee, addressing a press conference here. He said this while answering a question about the apprehensions from the Pakistani side that Nato military action in southern Afghanistan would trigger insurgency in Balochistan. He further said that Nato was to intensify military action in south of Afghanistan by sending more troops there to effectively deal with the menace of terrorism. He claimed that Nato forces decided to launch Helmand operation on the pressing demands of the local population. He estimated that 80 per cent of the world poppy cultivation was in the southern Afghanistan. That drug money was the main source of income for the terrorists, he added. He termed the region and overall Nato operations in Afghanistan at present as critical and said it was rich in natural resources and hub of militants power. At the same time he underlined greater need to sort out differences through political dialogue instead of going for any military option. To another question regarding attacks on Nato transport transiting through Pakistan, he said, Looking for alternative transit routes never means that Nato does not have confidence in Pakistan. Nato has full confidence and trust in Pakistans actions against militants paying in terms of lives of soldiers and civilians. Answering a separate question, he said, Nato was fully satisfied with the Pakistan forces operations against militants in Malakand division and Fata region. Pakistan and Nato relationship has expanded over the years and it was beyond Afghanistan, though it was critical of all security concerns. Earlier, he said during his opening remarks that Nato forces were not to conquer Afghanistan. We would leave the next day when the people of Afghanistan do not want us there since we are here to help restore peace in Afghanistan and in the region. He said achieving peace in Afghanistan was not only in the interest of the people of Afghanistan but the region in particular and the whole world in general. He was unable to give any time frame for the pullout of Nato troops from Afghanistan. We are there in rebuilding state of Afghanistan. And this is not possible overnight or even in a decade, he added. We are not there to kill Taliban but to protect people of Afghanistan, he said. The Admiral said that Nato was working on this principle that one civilian casualty was too much. He was of the view that tide was turning against Taliban whom he declared on the wrong side of the history. Asked to comment on advantages or disadvantages of drone attacks, especially from Pakistans vantage point, he said that the subject was not in his domain. However, he advocated that a countrys sovereignty should be respected in all aspects. Answering a question regarding alleged theft of arms from Nato depot in Afghanistan and some of them being subsequently used against Pakistani security forces by the terrorists, he said, Obviously, we are not providing arms to the terrorists. He also did not rule out the theft of arms and their circulation in international market. It was an international phenomenon and global network of terrorists traffic them across the world. May be I dont have specific details about the theft of Nato weapons, he added. Referring to his meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, he said they exchanged views on the evolving security situation in the region, progress of operations against terrorists and measures for enhancing mutual cooperation.