Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has acknowledged that Afghan militants are active on Pakistani soil. He was speaking at a joint Pakistan Afghanistan peace jirga or tribal gathering in Kabul. Musharraf and Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed joint efforts to fight the Taliban and al Qaeda. The neighbours are more used to trading insults than working together on the Taliban/al Qaeda threat. Washington believes the poor relationship has aided militants hiding out in the rugged border region. The jirga is seen as a first step towards a unified approach to combating militants who threaten security in both countries.