U.S., Pakistan fail to reach deal on supply routes ahead of NATO summit
With no deal on supply routes expected before the NATO summit, US officials said President Obama would not meet with Pakistani President Zardari in Chicago.
May 19th, 2012
07:13 PM ET

U.S., Pakistan fail to reach deal on supply routes ahead of NATO summit

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By Mike Mount and Elise Labott reporting from Chicago

The United States and Pakistan will not reach a deal on opening NATO supply routes before coalition leaders meet on Sunday, two senior U.S. officials told CNN.

"There is no deal, and there won't be one until President (Asif Ali) Zardari returns" to Pakistan, one senior official said, "and even that is not assured."

The two sides had hoped to have a deal before Zardari arrived in Chicago this weekend to join NATO allies and other coalition partners for a meeting on Afghanistan.

"The main thing is to get a deal," one senior official said. "It's less important as to when."

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  2. Sameer

    The woman who didn't know that Monica was in her hubby's pants knows exactly how Pakistan should be doing more. White guys are funny.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:49 am | Reply
    • U157

      A successful woman with so many achievements would always be considered a threat by Islamists like yourself. Are you thinking of throwing acid in her face or cutting off her nose like the Time magazine cover?

      May 21, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply
      • The Humorist

        Neither....Bill Clinton already took care of the matter the American way back !!!! LOL. Hope that answers your query. Now scoot and clean the snout of Manny....get my drift?

        May 21, 2012 at 7:05 am |
      • Pakistani-Canadians: Falling below the poverty line

        Dawn article by Murtaza haider
        16 may 2012

        Despite the opportunities (and constraints), Pakistani-Canadians have not prospered as much as immigrants from other countries have. In 2005, wages earned by Pakistan-born immigrants were on average 70 per cent of the wages earned by those born in Canada. In comparison, wages earned by the India-born immigrants were 86 per cent of the wages earned by Canadians. At the same time, immigrants born in America earned 20 per cent more in wages than those born in Canada. Similarly, UK-born immigrants also reported on average higher wages than that of Canadian-born.

        The difference in wages, home-ownership rates, and employment rates between immigrants from India and Pakistan extend beyond the economic spheres. For instance, Pakistani-born immigrants live in large-sized families. Whereas only 13 per cent of India-born immigrants live in households of five persons or more, 44 per cent of the Pakistan-born immigrants live in households with five or more people. Given the lower wages, high unemployment rates and rental units, Pakistan-born immigrants experience severe crowding at homes where the number of residents per room is perhaps the highest owing to the large family sizes

        May 22, 2012 at 1:06 am |
      • Uber News Network

        The Multidimensional Poverty Index developed by Oxford University shows that India is far poorer than Africa not just in number but also in intensity.
        The new poverty measure shows that 8 states out of the 29 states in India have more poor people than 26 poorest African countries combined. The Multidimensional poverty index views poverty from several different angles instead of just GDP figures. India is crippled by so many problems. For example, India's population growth rate is increasing by the day putting pressure on the limited resources and leaving many Indians in absolute poverty. India is very poor in terms of education, in terms of economic improvement, infrastructure, heath care, etc.

        May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Abigail Whitehouse

      Apparently that woman you are referring to has moved in with another woman per a newspaper report.

      May 21, 2012 at 7:00 am | Reply
    • krm1007

      We pakistanis invented
      fire
      cars
      planes
      electricty
      washing machines
      toilets
      guns
      schools
      pakistan ruled the world from 6 century till 19 century soon we will make americans and eurpeans are slaves again ..
      we attacked america 4 times in 300 bc ..washington used to be called karachi and new york used to be called lahore..
      london used to Islamabad in 400 bc .... we will make you whites are slaves again ... Bow to us pakistanis ..or will blow you infedils

      May 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
      • krm1007

        Ha ha Ha !!! Another loco Indian impersonating @ krm1007. Hmmmm....come to think of it muslims did rule India for most of its history and gave it all the culture, art, architecture, science, poetry, culinary palette et al. Any arguments? I don't believe so.

        May 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
      • IronFist

        you lil paki tw@ts only invented how to blow yourslef lol..not a single noble prize winner out of millions of pple ..only ahmadia who trashed his paki citizenship after winning his prize ...pak a country who cant even cure simple dengue fever or do kidney transplants .. as per dawn 8000 pple from pakistan went to india for transplants in last 4 months lol..
        what d bag country of pork chops but i like steak way better yummmmy

        May 22, 2012 at 12:56 am |
      • Uber News Network

        here's one for the Indian mak@kas

        The Multidimensional Poverty Index developed by Oxford University shows that India is far poorer than Africa not just in number but also in intensity.
        The new poverty measure shows that 8 states out of the 29 states in India have more poor people than 26 poorest African countries combined. The Multidimensional poverty index views poverty from several different angles instead of just GDP figures. India is crippled by so many problems. For example, India's population growth rate is increasing by the day putting pressure on the limited resources and leaving many Indians in absolute poverty. India is very poor in terms of education, in terms of economic improvement, infrastructure, heath care, etc.

        May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Pakistani-Canadians: Falling below the poverty line

      Dawn article by Murtaza haider
      16 may 2012

      Pakistan-born immigrants are the new face of poverty in urban Canada. The Canadian census revealed that 44 per cent of Pakistan-born immigrants fell below the poverty line making them the second most poverty prone group of immigrants in Canada.

      While they may project an aura of opulence during their visits back home, their life in Canada, however, is often full of struggle and frustration. Thousands of Pakistani trained engineers, doctors, and PhDs are driving taxis or are working as security guards in large cities

      The latest Census data for income for 2005 revealed that Pakistan-born immigrants reported the second highest incidence for the low-income cut-off, a proxy for poverty line in Canada. In comparison, only 18 per cent of India-born immigrants in Canada reported being a low-income person or belonging to a low-income economic family. Immigrants born in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Italy and Germany reported the lowest incidence of poverty in Canada

      May 22, 2012 at 1:02 am | Reply
      • Uber News Network-UNN

        The Multidimensional Poverty Index developed by Oxford University shows that India is far poorer than Africa not just in number but also in intensity.
        The new poverty measure shows that 8 states out of the 29 states in India have more poor people than 26 poorest African countries combined. The Multidimensional poverty index views poverty from several different angles instead of just GDP figures. India is crippled by so many problems. For example, India's population growth rate is increasing by the day putting pressure on the limited resources and leaving many Indians in absolute poverty. India is very poor in terms of education, in terms of economic improvement, infrastructure, heath care, etc. Just to mention a few

        May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  3. Abigail Whitehouse

    What are we quibbling about? Pay up or don't use the facilities. That is the American way. We are used to paying $5,000 for a toilet bowl, $100 million for researching how many eggs chickens lay in some senator's state; earmarks galore etc. What Pakistan is asking is pittance. It is my tax money to begin with and I have no problem paying Pakistan for what they are asking. It is a great deal for americnas I believe.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply
    • M918273

      Nah. Can't flush $5000 down in that toilet bowl of an Islamist country for every single truck everyday. This welfare needs to end now. Tax payers need to see some results from these ingrate Islamists living off the dole.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Reply
      • M918273

        Then again we are so scared of fighting the talibans we have no choice but to depend on others. Since we can't afford to pay as we are broke, perhaps Pakistan can extend credit to us. Unfortunately, we don't have AAA rating anymore so we will have to pay more on interest. Goes to say that even American rating agencies don't think we are credit worthy and everything costs us more.....Quoth the Raven....Nevermore.....'tis the American way....Quoth the Raven....Evermore.

        May 21, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • Abigail Whitehouse

      @ word cocktail.....surely you sound like an a hindu extremist with Shiv Sena roots creating mischief. Tell me what is the purpose of 1.5 million Indian Army sitting in trenches hiding scared from Talibans?

      May 21, 2012 at 6:59 am | Reply
      • krm1007

        just to have fun..kill lil cocroaches who enter India .. and we enjoy taking there heads off ..Indian army having fun since 1947 .. bangladesh ...kashmir.kargil and soon balochistan

        May 23, 2012 at 9:26 am |
  4. Tyler Wilson

    I gotta say the Chicago Summit belongs to our dear friends Pakistan to whom we are eternally gratefully for sacrificing so much for us for so little in return. The free meal ticket has gotta end now and we Americans need to live up to our end of the deal and compensate our friends and dear allies for using their transportation network especially when all they are asking is cost breakeven reimbursement. Now just think of the 200,000 lives they have sacrificed...how do you even compensate for that ? You can't . the least you can do is pay for the use of their transportation network and for wear and tear. Now look at the other side. Our newly found firends India has raped us for doing our clean up work in Afghanistan and for ratting to us about Pakistan. They have an army of 1.5 million; what have they done for us? They are hiding in trenches scared of talibans. Do we reallly need friends like indians. The answer is absolutely NO.

    May 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      Really? Pakistanis have sacrificed 200,000 human lives to appease their terrorist god Allah? That is disgusting!!

      May 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      @impersonator krm1007...true Indian cultural trait....afraid to come out in the open but love to backstab by uisng fake names. A meek nation with no values. We surely don't want such shady charachters in our backyard !

      May 21, 2012 at 6:56 am | Reply
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      Chicago Summit declaration has stated that Pakistan is critical to the resolution of the Afghanistan solution clearly implying that resolution of indian Occupied Kashmir issue has now become imperative. Watch Indian reaction to this declaration.

      May 21, 2012 at 7:08 am | Reply
  5. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Earlier the Pakistanis were getting $250 for every truck that crossed over into Afghanistan from Pak. That also accounted for the 100's of trucks burnt along with the supplies!

    Now they want $5,000 per truck and no guarantees that the trucks are not burnt.

    THIS IS NOTHING BUT A BLACKMAIL BY THE PAKISTANIS!

    May 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Sajjad Sialkoti

      $250 was subsidized cost; $ 5,000 is breakeven cost; $10,000 should have been the actual cost that Americans should have been asked to pay. Free lunch is over. Pay up or scoot. This is just break even cost. No tickee no washee. Kapiche?

      May 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • jr

      Sir, you are a bufoon and appear to be a Shiv Sena (hindu extremist group – USA Chapter) clone. Your vitriol against muslims is well documented in these forums. i just wonder why CNN has not cut you off by now. Are you related to some Indian low evel staff in CNN who is keeping you afloat in these comment forums?

      May 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  6. TrueGrissel

    If they want 6 grand per truck fine, later we'll just take it back on the back end, you know the 20 billion they get every year from us.

    May 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • Sajjad Sialkoti

      You are broke. You have no money. You are asking Pakistan for credit !!! You owe Pakistan US $ 1 Trillion. Pay up or shut up. Beggars can't be choosers. This is not India you are dealing with looking for call center jobs. Pakistan is now the regional power. Pakistan has sacrificed over 200, 000 lives for the sake of americans, trillions of dollars spent by Pakistan out of pocket. Enough is enough. Pay up or go through shangri la.

      May 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
      • krm1007

        We pakistanis invented
        fire
        cars
        planes
        electricty
        washing machines
        toilets
        guns
        schools
        pakistan ruled the world from 6 century till 19 century soon we will make americans and eurpeans are slaves again ..
        we attacked america 4 times in 300 bc ..washington used to be called karachi and new york used to be called lahore..
        london used to Islamabad in 400 bc .... we will make you whites are slaves again ... Bow to us pakistanis ..or will blow you infedils

        May 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • krm1007

        Ha ha Ha !!! Another loco Indian impersonating @ krm1007. Hmmmm....come to think of it muslims did rule India for most of its history and gave it all the culture, art, architecture, science, poetry, culinary palette et al. Any arguments?

        May 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  7. MUSLIM KHAN

    I am a fat Amerikan, i come from Kentucky
    I used to do some fuky fuky
    Taliban kick my butty
    now no more as i am sore

    when i see Taliban under the sun
    I call air support, i run
    this is no fun

    May 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  8. Sajjad Sialkoti

    The recent news about the imminent danger due to floods to the nuclear plant in Nebraska is eye opening. First Japan and now this. If technologically advanced countries cannot handle this surely third world countries would also struggle. Quid pro quo transfer of nuclear technology by USA to third world countries such as India needs to be opposed on moral grounds. Billions of people live in that neighborhood and would be at risk from such catastrophes which I am sure the American people would not like to be a party to. We are all well aware that that region is prone to floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and of course terrorism placing such nuclear installations at tremendous risks. US Congress is urged to reconsider and cancel all the agreements for the transfer of such technologies due “Force Majeure

    May 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  9. Sajjad Sialkoti

    A few hours ago Pakistan set the agenda for the Chicago Summit and laid down the conditions for resumption of ties with USA. There are five conditions which are very short and simple. They have done so on american soil. They said take it or leave it. Next move is USA and Nato's. Let the summit begin.

    May 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • Sherry Robertson

      'Pakistan set the adenda', what's the joke! A beggars don’t set the agenda; they follow the agenda and wait to eat when all else has eaten. The paki press must be glorifying the corrupt paki pres fun trip to US. But in reality, zardari consider him lucky to be invited and see US President. But secret service will do a body search before zardari and his cronies leave to see what they have stolen from the summit.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
      • Sajjad Sialkoti

        Pardon the pun, at this point it appears per CNN, that USA cannot afford to pay transit fees. Apparently, Pakistan has offered credit. Moreover, as someone has rightly pontificated.....

        PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
        With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

        Now eat your heart out and Giddyup. READ MY LIPS.... NO MORE FREE LUNCHES!!!

        May 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
      • jr

        Sanjeev....shall we say... it seems you are looking for freebies....there ain't none no more. So pay up buddy...no more mooching off Pakistanis.

        May 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
      • T-Bone Thakur

        The Summit people have no money... they ain't got nothing to steal! They are begging Pakistan to pay for transit. LOL. You must be hallucinating on the benzos you took this pm. Now put your tail between your legs and scoot from Afghanistan and intead of fighting ghosts there go take on someone your size. China shall we say?

        May 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
      • Beefsteak Balbir

        Why don't you fight your own wars instead of looking at Pakistan and India to help you all the time? huh? Ooops Pakistan....Indian army is in bunkers hiding.!! Now git and clean up the toilet at the summit which the Pakistan President and entourage has used. And do a good job.

        May 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • Timmy Tenderloin

        Zardari came to the summit to tell the US and Nato to their faces that Pakistan is the new regional power. That they need to fight their own wars. That they need to pay for their wars. That they need to take the blame for the failures in the 10 year long war fighting a ragtag army of talibans who just have AK47s and that too 20 years old. That the days of muscling Pakistan are over. That the result of the next US Presidential elections depend on Pakistan.

        May 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  10. Jerry McDonnell

    I agree with @krm1007 analysis that I read a few days ago (reprinted below) and am also of the mindset that the Afganistan solution without Pakistan is impossible. This is now all about negotiations and Pakistan needs to hold steadfast to its position as it was short changed in the past by americans and western allies.It is pay back time for them now and should be in "TRILLIONS" not "Billons" !

    "PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
    With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order."

    ooops was palced in wrong section below...my apologies

    May 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • Andy Blount

      Certainly, you make a good point Jerry. I am hearing that Pakistan is determined not to be muscled anymore. they decided to appear in Chicago Summit to articulate their vision for the new world order in that region, their role and how they will implement their power platform. The message being that Pakistan has suffered the most in every respect and will contribute fully going forward. However, there will ne no more free lunches for USA, NATO or for the neighbors (India, China, Iran etc). The message will clearly be that Pakistan will not foot the bill for this war anymore. Plus Pakistan, as you exactly state in your proposition above, is now the regional power in that region now for which it is attending the Chicago Summit to be acknowledged and coronated. This message has already been conveyed by Hillary Clinton to India and Bangladesh et al when she visited there a few days ago.

      May 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
      • Jerry McDonnell

        Jerry McDonnell, aka Andy Blount, aka krm1007, likes to talk to himself. This is a symptom of a deranged mind with multiple split personalities. Perhaps it's a sign that krm1007 is about to don a suicide vest to blow up the nearest infidel kindergarten school. krm1007 is begging for some professional psychiatric help to make him stop talking to himself.

        Signed,
        Jerry McDonnell or Andy Blount or krm1007

        May 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
      • Godolphin

        @ fake Jerry McDonnell.... are you scared to show your true colors and indulge in an intelligent discussion? Or perhaps you have ingested some canabanoids giving you a high but made you a schizophrenic? Now go have some daal and onions and down it down with the Indian national drink aka Urine cola

        May 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Steven Rosenthal

      Jerry, I am gad you put it all on the table the way you see it. I could not agree with you more. Pakistan is a very progressive nation which is being deliberately kept back by its incompetent leaders, Indian meddling and American and European foreign policy. In the past, Pakistan and Israel have had some very good discussions on how to move forward on addressing the global issues that have been lingering out there including Palestine and Kashmir. there is a meeting of the minds and in very forseeable future you will see a nexus emerge that will shock the current status quo in this world. Now is the time to adjust to the equation that is emerging in the world of which Chicago Summit is but one part. Pakistan will be taking a prominent role in regional affairs not because of USA but because the world is aligned in giving Pakistan a larger role. They have tried India and was a waste of time for over 20 years as it is more of an elephant than a tiger. Pakistan is the tiger we are looking for and it is ready to pounce. The rest of the countries can follow. Please note the recent moves Pakistan has been making. These are well orchestrated and advised by PR consultants and governments who consider Pakistan as the new emerging star. Don't forget South Korea is based on the industrila model of Pakistan of the 1960s. That says it all. We in Israel look forward to the new paradigm. It bodes well for the Jews.

      May 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  11. Jeera Blade

    LIPSTICK ON A PIG: The Story of India
    There is so only so much one can do to make a pig look pretty
    Slapping some lipstick is the epitomy.
    India is mired in sewage and poverty.
    GDP growth GDP growth
    Has done nothing but made the people loathe.
    Lipstick on a Pig is the Indian way
    The nukes will soon blow it away.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
  12. Tandoori tbone

    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN,
    Land that we love.
    Stand beside her, and guide her
    Thru the night with a light from above.
    From Kashmir to Karachi and onto New Delhi,
    And to the oceans, white with foam
    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN, Our home sweet home.
    Home to the rich and poor and needy,
    Home to the Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists and everyone else
    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN, the Land of the Beautiful and the Brave.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • jr

      If nothing else, hats off to the nationalism in this posting. Very well said tbone.

      May 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  13. krm1007

    WE SALUTE YOU, PAKISTAN......The Americans acknowledge the innumerable sacrifices made by Pakistanis in this ongoing war. The Americans appreciate the bullets taken on the chest by the Pakistanis in fighting the enemy. The Americans appreciate the ultimate sacrifices made by Pakistanis in sacrificing their lives while trying to make America and the world safe.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Andy Blount

      Amen. I'll second that.

      May 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      Good Try........Dear Pakistani Friend Krm1007!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
      • Sajjad Sialkoti

        The Pakistani entourage just left the Chicago Summit...why don't yoiu go clean up the toilets..you Indian bhungees.

        May 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  14. Dp

    Nuke Pakistan and we got the road back

    May 20, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  15. Rock Maker

    more drones please

    May 20, 2012 at 9:00 am | Reply
  16. Bobby Dias

    Bill Clinton is a nice guy. Hellery Clinton is a bitch who will try to control Pakistan and every other country her dictator Obama will tell her to conquer.

    May 20, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • Paul

      Your out of your mind. Say whatever you will Obama is still one very good and caring President. He jsut got elected and fell into a hole full of s–t left by the previous administration.

      May 20, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
      • Trevor

        How long are you going to "pass the buck" and blame the virtually nil economic recovery on the previous administration? 4, 5, 6 years? I guess when the economy actually starts to come out of the 2009 hole by any meaningful metrics then you'll actually let this administration take responsibility? All experts say that if the GOP actually stays on point with the economy, this President is in trouble come November.

        May 20, 2012 at 9:13 am |
      • Bobby Dias

        Paul- you are learning your ObamaLying too well. A life of loneliness will follow you with you not telling the truth.

        May 20, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  17. obama's mission is RE-ELECTION ONLY

    obama gets pushed to the side just like putin did at the UN over syria .

    May 20, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply
  18. larry5

    If we were not in a Muslim country we would not be having these problems. We've got to stop giving money to Muslims.

    May 20, 2012 at 7:53 am | Reply
    • ram

      ...and muslims stop financing america and stop supplying oil to run the war machinery and suv's of america.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  19. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-ones-who-attacked-us/

    May 20, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
  20. Allahgandu

    My bully itches like allahs

    May 20, 2012 at 4:58 am | Reply
    • Patel from Harlem

      Sir, you should be ashamed of yourself for such despicable names and comments that give us Indians a very bad name. I wonder why CNN censorship is looking the other way? Hmmmm? We Indians are already struggling everywhere with bad reputation and now you are making it worse. Nobody wants us in their backyards and now nobody would want us in their country as well. Please aplogize and retract your comment. thanks

      May 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  21. Bangash

    Pakistan is paying price for 65 years long friendship with the USA. In this friendship USA made a secret airport at Badabher near Peshawar and used it in U2 mission, making Pakistan a target for USSR in 60s, then in 70s used Pakistan against USSR, destroying Afghanistan and disintegrated USSR and now in war on terror has put Pakistan in line of fire. Pakistan will continue march to complete annihilation if this friendship continued further. Pakistan is still a sincere friend and has comparatively more contribution then any one in the alliance against terrorism but despite this USA and their puppets blame Pakistan for US failure in Afghanistan without looking into their own blunders, miss judgement, and miss management. Pakistan has to think over this 65 years long friendship with the USA if wish to survive as a nation or a state in this world.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:57 am | Reply
    • Joe

      Since the birth of your nation you have been sucking at the teats of the United States for your survival. Everything you have listed above you did not because of any "friendship" but because you wanted to be PAID for it in dollars to buy military equipment. You guys will sell yourself to anyone for money like you are doing to China right now. You are nobody's friend.

      May 20, 2012 at 6:01 am | Reply
      • Paul

        Joe, you are so right. You can not treat animals like humans. They will turn and bite the hand that feeds them.

        May 20, 2012 at 8:50 am |
      • ram

        Bullshit! America is and has been putting pressure even on its allies to upgrade defence munitions and systems. reason: they will purchase american arms. If I ask you to guard my interest, would it not be fair for you to pay for the security expenses. This was paid to pakistan and many other countries, these are not handouts as you may think. The handout had been coming from other countries for many decades to america in the form of goodwill. Now that goodwill is fading and the leaders of countries are now working towards a better world without american influence. Now that Putin is in power, the world will see a change in attitude towards this american "handshake and screw" attitude that has been going on for decades.

        May 20, 2012 at 11:59 am |
      • T-Bone Thakur

        Whoaaa.....Joe...shall we call you Jaswant from India. Indians have a commie skin and have been living off anyone who has a buck, USSR, USA, France, Britain, Russia, just to name a few. No principles, no values....baniya mentality...shall we say. So who are you kidding? not me...i come from you.

        May 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • zoonib

      News flash, the kyber pass for as long as anyone can remember was called the lawless zone, with drugs and guns sold on the street. Saying the US is responsible for tribal acts and decisions, is more than a bit off. As far as Russia goes, a world power taking over your Muslim neighbor is not a good thing, unless like yourself you talk out of both sides of your mouth.

      May 20, 2012 at 6:21 am | Reply
  22. MUSLIM KHAN

    There is no chemistry with Americans and Pakistanis. Americans often confuse us with Indians, Indians have a slavish mind
    set. Pakistanis work differently. Its best if Nato trucks are returned to Karachi and the border completely sealed.

    NO DEAL. GO HOME.

    May 20, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
    • butch

      you want us to stop giving your country billions of dollars a year too? go ahead and live like the North Koreans for all we care. when sticks and bugs replace meat and bread on your menus, perhaps you'll change your mind.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:50 am | Reply
      • khan

        why do u think the money US pays goes to the people of Pakistan? are u serious? people are living in worst condition now than they were 10 years ago. America pays money to the puppets that they have hire to run this fake government to do their dirty work. and zardari is also hired by the US

        May 20, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • gingersrule1

      Its a little unfair to say we Americans confuse Pakistanis with Indians. Especially considering the rocky relationship between the two of you. I am not offended by what you said but I know the Pakistani government has a hard time with the extremist Taliban terrorizing Pakistan from the north. It was very likely the Taliban that killed Zardaris' wife. Osama Bin Laden was thought by American "intelligence" agencies to be in northern Pakistan and we end up finding him near Abottabad less than 15 miles from a military base. You have problems with liberal elected politicians being murdered by their own security agents. I'm very glad your government sees nuclear war as a last resort. We need to help you get rid of the terrorists in your country and we are willing to do that since we share the same enemy. Peace bro. With a little war can come a lot of freedom.

      May 20, 2012 at 3:13 am | Reply
    • pakistan mere lund pe

      Best option for US, free balochistan, get un-restricted acesss to afghanistan and the militant safe havens in pakistan. US will get complete support of baloch people and some other nations in the region. Long live the united states, down with Porkistan

      May 20, 2012 at 3:47 am | Reply
      • ram

        Best option for usa:
        Stay at home and look after your citizens. Your borders are now deemed safe. Why are you trespassing on sovereign states. Would you like to wake up one day and hear that Mexico has been using small unmanned aircraft to chase down dope smugglers and killing innocent citizens along the border states of america? It is a common enemy, is it not? War on drug, is it not?

        May 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • lovUSA

      @Khan : Few points that will serve as food for thought for people like you
      -> Most of the Pakistanis in US pose themselves as Indians and confuse US people. I have found this phenomenon even with the people who are sitting at good job positions. So, its not US people who get confused but it is the lie's that Pakistani people have to play because of obvious reasons.
      -> You talked about slavish mentality from Indian..Somehow Pakistani people are used to of spitting in the pot where they drink their water from, it not new but have been same since like ages so I won't blame you. Indians stay faithful and respect the country where they are or eat their food from. Not like Pakistani's who stay in the US but curse America for each and everything while happily living there and exhausting countries resources. This is called as betrayal...nothing else..
      -> Pakistan doesn't have guts to continue closing the NATO routes, that is just a drama being played by Pakistani army to put dust into its country people that yes they do have some spine to challenge and tackle US. Truth is they have to yield sooner or later and YES they did it, 3 trucks have already reached Afghanistan via the same route and rest will soon.....so CHEERS.
      Best of luck .....

      May 20, 2012 at 3:55 am | Reply
      • T-Bone Thakur

        What? ???You loco or sumpin? First off, Indians smell like skunks so why ...why would summun want to be you? Phewww! Second, the prototype of an Indian is a tight fisted, small minded, greedy, sell your womenfolk for a buck type of people. Again, why would summun wanna be you? Lastly, Pakistan is not threatening closure of transit but has done so six months ago? Where have you been? Now soot and come back with sumpin intelligent.

        May 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • jimmer

      If we had Ron Paul for a president we would be gone in an instant and you would wither like a dried up weed. If only it were so.....

      May 20, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply
    • Dp

      How can one confuse themselves with Indian and Pakistani.???
      Pakistanis have sex with goats and beat their wives up. They stink like a$$ and look like pig with no brain.
      In other hand indians are very helpful, smart and carrying people. You will find Indians as a dodgers, teachers, engineers and other intelligent work places.
      One can find Pakistanis at....... In mosq next to ground zero planning next attack on us and beating up their wives

      May 20, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
      • Pd

        Better than doing it with your daughters and mothers...Indian way

        May 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  23. midas

    We are stupid to deal with pakistan they help terrorist and take large sums of american money. Find another way!

    May 20, 2012 at 2:05 am | Reply
    • reality

      War on terrorism is for your interests, their national security is more important to them than war on terrorism.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:27 am | Reply
      • butch

        is anyone out there terrified? i'm not. terrorism is a joke.

        May 20, 2012 at 2:52 am |
      • Trevor

        Butch- terrorism a joke? Go tell it to the families of the vicitims of 9/11 pal. Or better yet tell it to the Spec Ops Forces that fought and lost their lives in Afghanistan. When not a single life on this earth again is lost to a terrorist act then it can be called a "joke"...right now the only "joke" is you, easy to "talk" like you're invincible from behind the safety of you computer...come back to reality tough guy.

        May 20, 2012 at 6:58 am |
      • onemain*

        Wow trevor you are a real toolbag.

        May 20, 2012 at 8:01 am |
      • Trevor

        onemain*- "toobag" and nothing else? Actual substance or clarification? This is how you retort to folks comments? Are you lazy or do you actually have a an counter to discredit what I said.

        May 20, 2012 at 9:20 am |
      • Trevor

        onemain*- BTW the pucker factor was up the first couple of sorties I flew over Afghanistan post 9/11 IVO Tora Bora, Operation ANACONDA... Served, 15 years and one month into 6 in the CENTCOM AOR right now...at little more at ease, but still don't consider the war on terrorism a "joke".

        May 20, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  24. Pr R

    No supply route, no aid to Pakistan, no soldiers in Afghanistan, how many billions in savings? Use half the $ on deficit, other half to stimulate the economy.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
    • Toronto Guy

      United States can not be a friend of any country. US only wants to safe guard its own benefits. As I'm Canadian, I've only fear of US who can destroy a peace loving country. America is sending illegal guns, drugs etc into Canada. Although people in both of US & Canada share the same values but the monsters in the white house & pantagon are the followers of Hitler thats why they want to kill everybody.

      Now come to Pakistan, US & Pakistan cant be friends because 99.99% of Pakistanis believe that US is their enemy. US is not giving aid to help Pakistan, its in the favour of US to give aid for their own vicious interests otherwise americans even damn care of their mothers, they dont even give them a piece of shit. US has lost the Afghan war, they are begging Taliban & Pakistan to give them safe passage. US is a super power, so it must behave with dignity but these days US believes in might is right. This approach will ruin US one day just like former Soviat Union.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:52 am | Reply
      • Jason Glugla

        I wish that I could seriously disagree with you.

        May 20, 2012 at 2:11 am |
      • matt in nw

        guns and drugs into Canada? nada–you can thank the Mexican Cartels for both of those....and the lion's share of the drugs are headed south into the US.

        As ive said many times, the US is guilty of many things, but the rest of the world is hardly clean - and like it or not, Canada is included in that... easy to go unknoticed when youve got the biggest , loudest scapgoat in the world as your neighbor.

        May 20, 2012 at 2:27 am |
      • Bangash

        Hi Toronto guy you are very brave to say the truth. Whole world see Americans killing innocent human beings almost every where in the world. This is their business and way of earning livelihood. Killing poor, weak nations in Asia, Africa, Middle East and even in American continent, like a big fish survive on eating the small one. You are very much right in saying about US fall in the trap which has already decided the fate of ex USSR, just a decade back. No doubt very few in USA like to live like Dracula/ vampire as today 70 % Americans are against this death merchandise in world politics and have urged Govt to end wars but again Paneta CIA chief has termed this public opinion poll useless and has vowed to continue killing like Hitlor Nazi. Be sure Afghan soil has always changed the course of history and have always blessed the world by putting an end to such big aggressors.

        May 20, 2012 at 3:30 am |
    • Bangash

      Very sincere decision, quite in the interest of American nation but strongly against the interest of Corporatocracy and Pentagon. Think before you speak

      May 20, 2012 at 2:59 am | Reply
  25. throne

    That picture of zardari ..... Looks like the cunning devil! World's most corrupt person!!!!

    May 20, 2012 at 1:09 am | Reply
    • reality

      right now most countries in the world have these kind of leaders.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:28 am | Reply
    • T-Bone Thakur

      Sure looks sharp to me in this pic. You jealous or sumpin?

      May 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  26. KeninTexas

    I think everyone agrees that Pakistan is certainly no friend to the US. They are double dealing everyone they can. I suspect as quick as the US wraps up in Afghanistan, they will cut ties with the Pakis in every way but by name. It won't be a formal cut, just a deep freeze. But at some point, they will have to be dealt with simply because of their nuclear capabilities and their low morals which allows them to sell it to the highest bidder. They have already proven themselves to be untrustworthy. Perhaps India will get fed up with them and destroy them? They have been having to deal with their double dealing, lying and cheating from the beginning of their cesspool of a country. And being next door and on the receiving end of of so much of their evilness, I would think it wouldn't take much to set them off.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:16 am | Reply
    • T-Bone Thakur

      INDIA: On a Goat and a Stick:

      The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. You can only take it so far based on symbolisms of a goat and a stick with a skinny little man aka gandhi banging boys at night and spinning wheels during daytime.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  27. Wade

    I know it is wrong but sometimes I would like to end Pakistan, Iran, and a few other choice places. I mean at some point you have to leave the neanderthals and deal with the Human race. Too many people in the world anyway. Oh and maybe one half of China too and India. I mean seriously more than a billion people each!

    May 20, 2012 at 12:00 am | Reply
    • lovUSA

      Do that to China and 99% of retail US business will shut down next day....starting from sewing needles to diapers, each and everything stocked in walmart, target , sears or any other store is Chinese...On top of that it will be a situation in US where the poor people will die starving. It is a self created monster by our own system. Same applies to India in terms of technology so it will be technology starving situation from that side

      They might be having their population problems but are not terrorizing any country in the world, like Pakistan or gulf..They are just busy in taking care of their population and contributing to the world in a constructive way.

      May 20, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply
      • matt in nw

        am sure, Tibet, the philipines, vietnam and Taiwan would disagree with the 'peaceful' China bit.

        May 20, 2012 at 2:34 am |
    • Ray

      You sound very evolved. Killing several billion people that don't agree with your redneck viewpoint – that tells me that you are really one of the smart ones! Moron.

      May 20, 2012 at 12:51 am | Reply
    • pat carr

      you're right. it is wrong. "end" them? what do you have in mind? slaughter of billions of people. what a tool

      May 20, 2012 at 12:59 am | Reply
    • AThinkerNotReactor

      It would be safe to say you have never travelled outside of the country to realize the HUMAN-RIGHTS of which you speak extend to all humans, even those you feel unfit. Evolution is full circle, the oppressed one day becomes the oppressor while the judge becomes the judged. The way of the world should be to live and let live. The world and it's humans, even the ones who don't realize the theory of evolution would date us ALL back to Neanderthals, would be better served with kindness and not condemnation.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:07 am | Reply
    • Amit_Arizona

      Not to forget if it wasn't for Pakistan USSR would have chewed up USA and spit it out. As you will recall, after the US defeat in Vietnam it was Pakistan who ended the cold war by defeating the communists in Afghanistan. As you will further recall, India was a communist ally working against the American interests. So Americans are eternally indebted to Pakistan for their existence.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
  28. Big D.

    Look at what we're LOSING in the name of uncounted billions given to these tinpot dictators all over the world when we act as the world's policeman: Quality educations for our kids so they might be able to compete against Chinese and Indians; a healthy transportation infrastructure which originally gave us the most admired economic powerhouse in the world; being able to use our own space program to put our Astronauts into space without going cap-in-hand to the Russians; our injured and disabled Vets are going thru red-tape hell just to get their benefits because of a VA that's so backlogged and buried they can barely keep up; a strong and healthy FDA instead of an FDA that can't afford to field enough food quality inspectors to keep our nations food-borne illness and water-borne illness up to the standards of a third-world country; no predictable retirement landscape for those who has watched greedy corperations steal their pensions; mortages stolen by shady lender sleight-of hand policies; and the list goes on and on. KEEP OUR MONEY AT HOME!!

    May 19, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
    • Amit_Arizona

      What money? We have none! We borrow from Chinese and pay to pay our bills. We can't even pay Pakistan for transit costs. We have to ask them for credit.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
  29. Texas

    He should be on the Jon Stewart show like Pervez Musharraf. Then everyone will think he's cool and trendy.

    May 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  30. Jeff

    I bet we could make our own supply route right through Pakistan. When we are done using it we can give it to India or the Afgans.

    May 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply
    • Rehman

      my sympathies are with you after reading your innocent and ignorant comments...please use the uncommon sense...which is supposed to be common sense but no more....

      May 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Reply
      • Jeff

        I'll take a large Slurpee and a lottery ticket please.

        May 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • Umer

      real smart of you right? go finish your GED now girl

      May 20, 2012 at 1:30 am | Reply
    • reality

      Did you take your medicines today ?

      May 20, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
      • Toronto Guy

        Indians are cowardly people they cant face any nuclear country

        May 20, 2012 at 2:32 am |
  31. khan

    Pakistan and US can never be friends. Their interests are different and the way they think is different. People here that are saying bomb Pakistan or Pakistan is US enemy and all that are wrong. Pakistan has sacrificed more than any Western country. And why Pakistan has to suffer? because US supported and funded these terrorists to fight soviet union. You made these terrorists into heroes of 1980s. So technically everyone should be calling America a terrorist country because they supported these terrorist. the event of 9/11 should also be blamed on US because they gave terrorists the power and training to carry out such attacks. Now lets talk about the US Aid to Pakistan. Pakistan have received about $24 billion from the US to support their cause in Afghanistan but this war that America started has cost Pakistan $60 billion. This $24 billion that US gives to Pakistan is not to the people of Pakistan, it is the cost of hiring puppets to run a fake government to do America's dirty work in the country, so all the blame goes to the puppets but not America. Now people argue that people of Pakistan voted for this government. This is absolutely rubbish. 40% of the votes were fake. Everyone in Pakistan knows it but people in western countries does not want to hear the truth. Please don't give aid to Pakistan, it will benefit the country. NATO should also leave Afghanistan. Live and let other live in peace.

    May 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  32. Rehman

    By looking at the pigs photo with glasses and pink tie and to the ignorant and extremists comments above and to enlighten them..Pakistan is being played in the hands of the most corrupt rulers and most corrupt opposition and unfortunately US aids and harbors and is friends of Zardari, Gilani and Hussain Haggani etc etc when you side with the traitors of the Pakistan you cannot be friends with the people of Pakistan. Everytime emotions are stirred when people of the poor country see the change from the dictator to the corrupt rulers brokered by Condeleza Rice and the govt...Like all of us, people in Pakistan want peace and prosperity and it seems like the our govt in US is giving more aid to make the corrupt rulers richer with their swiss account and money being looted..

    May 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  33. henry

    My enemy's enemy is my enemy. Drone strike those sinners.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • Lahori

      Agreed. I would send a whole squadron and convert New Delhi to dust.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  34. Cooldude

    Pakistanis have been working against the US by hiding and nurturing the worst terrorists inside Pakistan. Now, they want to make it difficult for the US to fight terrorism by demanding 30 times more transit fee for NATO supply routes. This is in addition to the billions given to them as US aid. Pakistanis have always been working against the US and fighting on the side of the terrorists rather than the US.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • Primacy

      They are working against us by not blindly welcoming our personnel (ergo military in the event of incidentals) without question? They are working against us because they don't reinvent their entire security structure to 100% surveillance over their citizens in even their most remote outreaches specifically so that interests of the United States are safe? Maybe you should consider if the roles were reversed, and the US government yielded to Pakistan on American soil, jeopardizing the wellbeing of American citizens. You may think that you are being Pro American with your rhetoric, but it is this air of superiority that works to undo American superiority.

      May 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
      • You forgot the bucks

        If the roles were "reversed" they'd be paying us. Do you really think that would ever happen?

        May 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • Lahori

      India poses a clear and present danger to the regional security of the world. ...to USA...NATO...Pakistan and Afghanistan people and armed forces. Hindu cult extremism is on the rise and fanning all terrorism worldwide. Indians are the bankers to and financing terrorism and supporting Talibans and Al Qaeda and harboring them in India. These terrorists are being entertained in the Indian parliament building in New Delhi where they are residing and then smuggled over to Pakistan in Indian Army helicopters. Shame on these Indians. Like the NAZI's they need to be stopped forcefully and immediately. If it takes bombing lets bomb India, if it takes Drones...lets drone New Delhi

      May 20, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
  35. ImranMD

    The average Joe in Pakistan doesn’t give a hoot to US Aid as it doesn’t reach them anyway. Such Aid goes straight to the top brass Swiss accounts. The top brass is corrupt to the core in Pakistan.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  36. RichS

    Stop the aid NOW. And get out of Afgahnistan before it becomes another Viet Nam.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • matt in nw

      Its already there..... The moment we switched from a fighting force to an occupying force (stationary), it became like Vietnam. we ve been there longer in fact. you can thank the energy boys for this one – free security for a damn NG line.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:45 am | Reply
  37. metalhead65

    here is how the deal should go down,U.S.- open up the supply lines or we cut off aid to pakistan. no military, economic, humanitarian aid. nothing we end it all. we need your response before you leave the summit or we take it as no and end the aid.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
    • Lahori

      The response is NO. So take the next step. Please no threats. Just do it NOW. What will it be? Let's not wait for the summit to end. No excuses for delay.....shall we say !

      May 20, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • Jerry McDonnell

      I agree with @krm1007 analysis that I read a few days ago (reprinted below) and am also of the mindset that the Afganistan solution without Pakistan is impossible. This is now all about negotiations and Pakistan needs to hold steadfast to its position as it was short changed in the past by americans and western allies.It is pay back time for them now and should be in "TRILLIONS" not "Billons" !

      "PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
      With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order."

      May 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  38. Ramon

    The fact that Pakistan will not help the USA defeat terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan tells us that they should be isolated and all aid to both discontinued. Get out of Dodge and let them kill each other. They should not be getting our tax dollars.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  39. dreamer96

    We should start a war with Pakistan and carve out a little strip of land along the Iranian boarder for Afghanistan..a strip 5 or 10 miles wide to the ocean....

    May 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
    • MarcNJ

      India would probably be willing to help.

      May 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
      • Ray

        300%

        May 19, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • OBAMADAD

      They are double agents anyway: receiving US aids and helping Al Queda/Taliban for drug trafficking out of Afghanistan.

      Get hell out of there and we save trillion a year. Yemen is the US interest to protect open sea...

      May 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
    • Total2199

      what another war with price tag of $trillion? did you have a bad dream last night Dreamer?

      May 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • Texas

      We should go back to the various Empires of the last century, re-draw the maps, and get a do-over. Nearly every war torn country is the result of colonialism by the British, French, Spanish, and Dutch. Why does America have to clean up their messes, pay for it, and get the blame?

      May 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  40. Bobby

    For Pete's sake cut the assistance money/aid off and keep it off. Pakistan is a terrorist nation and NOT an ally.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  41. Godolphin

    Can we please move on without each other? USA and Pakistan's paths are separate and different. Their goals are different. The twains shall never meet. What does it take for people to understand this? For over 60 years we have tried to be friends but we can't. Next......

    May 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • vidkid

      India maybe?!

      May 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
    • Trevor

      onemain*- BTW the pucker factor was up the first couple of sorties I flew over Afghanistan post 9/11 IVO Tora Bora, Operation ANACONDA... Served, 15 years and one month into 6 in the CENTCOM AOR right now...at little more at ease, but still don't consider the war on terrorism a "joke".

      May 20, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply

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