Washington: Pak-Afghan border remains an ‘epicentre’ of global terrorism, the US said on Thursday. A top military official cautioned that the collapse of the government of Pakistan would have serious consequences.

"The downside consequences of a nuclear-capable Pakistan, that the government collapses and it is in the hands of violent extremists or theocratic individuals, is a huge danger, globally and certainly for us," Admiral Mike Mullen Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

Testifying before the House Appropriations Committee's Defence Sub Committee, Mullen stressed on the need to increase dialogue with Pakistan because it is in the national interest of the United States.

In fact Al Qaeda is in much formidable shape than it was a year or two ago and some of the Taliban organisations are certainly much more concerned about their future than they were a year ago," Mullen said.

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, at the same said that Pak-Afghan border remains the epicentre of terrorism.
"The Pak-Afghan border has the potential to not only destabilise the entirety of Southeast and Southwest Asia, but also to launch attacks against the United States," Gates said.