Admiral Samuel Locklear told a Senate Committee that little progress has been made with regard to recent confidence building measures between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
"Support by elements of Pakistan's military and intelligence services for violent extremist organizations (VEOs) targeting India strains the relationship; this support has the potential to result in military confrontation which could rapidly escalate to a nuclear exchange," Locklear told lawmakers during his confirmation hearing to head the US Pacific Command (PACCOM).
"Current efforts at dialogue have yielded few concrete results on the core security issues, especially regarding the resolution of territorial disputes," he said in a written response to questions asked by the top Senate panel. However, he said efforts have provided each side greater insight into the other's positions.
"While progress is slow, the trajectory is positive and offers the promise of increased confidence-building measures," he said. The Admiral said the US can continues to work with Pakistan to take effective action against groups-based in Pakistan that advocate and actively participate in attacks against India.