U.S. commander headed to Pakistan for border talks
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June 26th, 2012
03:45 PM ET

U.S. commander headed to Pakistan for border talks

With reporting from Larry Shaughnessy in Washington and Nasir Habib in Islamabad

Four suspected militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region Tuesday night, a government official and a military official told CNN (more on the drone strike here).

The strike comes just one day before Gen. John Allen, the American commander overseeing the war in Afghanistan, meets with Pakistan's top general.

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One of the items on the agenda for Allen's meeting Wednesday with Pakistani Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is reopening the border crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a Pakistani military official told CNN.  The U.S. recently pulled its negotiating team from after failing to reach an agreement on reopening the border crossings.

Seven months ago, Pakistan stopped allowing U.S. military supplies to cross into Afghanistan from Pakistan through what the United States calls the Ground Lines of Communications, or G-LOCS.  

The G-LOCS, which are highway border crossings, were closed after a cross-border NATO shooting left 24 Pakistani troops dead. The U.S. military said it was responding to enemy fire and refused to apologize for the incident.

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Senior U.S. officials have expressed regret for the deaths and have issued condolences, but a senior Pakistani diplomat told CNN earlier in June that the lack of an apology is holding up an agreement to open the transit routes.


soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Jared

    USA has now understood that Pakistan stands on principles and will not be intimated unlike Indians.

    June 28, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
  2. PBJ

    seriously

    why can't pakistan do anything

    June 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • Marty B

      Get a life dalit

      June 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  3. PBJ

    listening to pakistan ramble Is liken to listening to a heroin addict talk to a severly mentaly ill teenager and or the other way around

    June 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • Marty B

      Appears to be another hindu fanatic obsessed with Pakistan

      June 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  4. Bah-RAT

    ARE INDIANS UBER TERRORISTS OR WHAT???? Forget the GDP, focus on these murder statistics.
    In India, millions of girls are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash. Moreover, in India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2009. In the last two decades of economic progress, 10 million girls have died as such in India.
    SHAME ON INDIA AND ITS BARBARIC AND MEDIEVAL CULTURE !!!
    Indians have killed more human beings (girls particularly) than Al Qaeda and Talibans put together.

    June 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  5. ButtPhuckIsStan

    Come help me!!!!!

    June 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  6. Chen Ming

    Besides emerging as a regional power, the time has come for Pakistan to take the leadership role in the Islamic World and lead them to the path of progress, prosperity and glory. The only nuclear nation in the Islamic World, Pakistan has shown the world that it can stand up to the nuances of world politics on principles and partake in global affairs. Also, that it can equally contribute to the progress of this planet called Earth. The sacrifices of the Pakistani nation in making this world safe is unmatched and deserves a seat at the table of the permanent members of The UN Security Council

    June 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  7. Dinesh Chinoy

    Conclusions from US presidential debates.
    ONE: Pakistan holds the key to the next presidential elections in USA
    SECOND: Pakistan should be made a permanent member of the UN Security Council in recognition of its contributions and sacrifices in fighting the terror war and making the world safe and prosperous for US/NATO/ and the rest of the world

    June 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  8. Gulgee - Pakistani

    All hands on deck, Pakistan.
    The world is lovely, bright and deep,
    But we have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before we sleep
    And miles to go before we sleep.

    June 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  9. MehBOOB BUTT

    rolf banana republic of bakistan

    June 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • NO INDIANS IN MY BACKYARD PLEASE !

      Seems like you would like a banana in your BUTT. huh? LMAO !

      June 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  10. Come now Pakistan

    can't pakistan do anything

    June 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • NO INDIANS IN MY BACKYARD PLEASE !

      yes, nuke india. Got it? Now go wash dishes, child.

      June 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  11. Shamsi Pakistan

    General Allen should be fed well and listened to. After proper rest, he should be put back on the plane. He should be told as follows as posted by some others on this forum:::

    "Across all religions and cultures it is a basic tenet of human decency that human lives are valued and apologies are offered to the aggrieved by those responsible for the deaths. It nothing more, the words of apology are soothing to the families of those who died. In this case, Pakistan's contention is that Afghan forces and Indian intelligence deliberately provided misleading information to US/NATO forces and used them to kill 24 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers."

    "Pakistan has taken a very principled stand. The Pakistan parliament has spoken and their position is very clear to USA et al. Apologize for murdering human beings. Follow International law with respect to sovereignty of nations.This is not about money but about standing up to international bullies who in cohort with bad apples in neighborhood are trying to muscle Pakistan. So, people, listen up.

    Pakistan parliament's stand is not complicated for USA to understand. Apologize for the murder of Pakistanis and follow International law with respect to sovereignty of nations. There will be no more free lunches going forward. Cannot be more simple for the likes of Panetta to understand."

    June 27, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
  12. Donald Petersen

    Pakistan appears to have made a very thoughtful democratic and parliamentarian decision with regards to issues at hand with USA. It was very disingenuous for Panetta to make comments such as he did in India knowing well that Pakistanis don't have much respect for Indians. He probably took a calculated risk and the reply message from Pakistan was pack your negotiating team and get out of Pakistan. For a global power to pick a fight with such a time tested ally such as Pakistan is indicative that American foreign policy has been hijacked. It is Jimmy Carter deja vu all over again.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • rk

      We Indians could learn some self respect from Pakistanis.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
  13. Sajida Tayyib From Lucknow, India

    Pakistan now needs to protect itself from the economic implosion/bubble burst in India. It is over folks, in India. Unemployment is record high, inflation is out of control, rupee has collapsed, budget deficit has widened,, multinationals such as Delta Airlines, Dell Computers, GE and Microsoft are already shifting their call centers to Canada, FDI has almost halted. Nobody wants to do business there anymore as terrorism is shifting there in months to come and the country/politics are too big/corrupt/decentralized to be conducive to do business. Pakistan needs to close its borders along India as Indians will soon be crossing over for food. You will now see Indian government trying to get friendly, solving the Kashmir issue and the cricket team wanting to tour Pakistan

    June 27, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • rk

      I have been jobless in Lucknow, India for two years now. please let me know if you have any leads for a job. i am lucky to have one square meal a day in India.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  14. SayanIndia

    India: The New Vietnam

    USA has India by the b@lls after many decades, to do its biding. It will be the new battleground for the fight of ideologies. Giddyyy Uuup!

    June 27, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
  15. rk

    India: I Get No Respect

    India can drape itself with an American flag, hide behind the American skirts, try to shed its communist skin and sweep the genocide in Kashmir and atrocities against minorities under the rug. But those who understand the Indians and have kicked the tires know well that it is a country that garners no respect and is not to be trusted. Indian Hindus are like termites that appear harmless but will eat you up to the core at the first chance they get. Therefore, from people who know them, they will never ever get any respect. That is one of the biggest character traits that has kept this country from progressing and amounting to much.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Chad

      We have you by your b@lls after a long time. We will teach you a lesson for being a communist ally.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
  16. rk

    Sadly Gandhi

    Among the various charges disclosed in the book: Gandhi not only slept in beds with young women under the age of 18, but also engaged in a long-term, gay affair with German-Jewish architect and bodybuilder Hermann Kallenbach, for whom India's peace icon at one point left his wife in 1908. As the Wall Street Journal reports:

    June 27, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • Chad

      That indian gandhi was no good to begin with. If it was not for the Pakistan's Jinnah, Indians would still be British slaves. gandhi was too busy bangin boys.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
  17. Sheikha Bhavana Bint Deepa

    On behalf of all Indian Hindus, I apologize for the moronic and hateful being posted by my fellow Indians. I am ashamed of it. It reflects the deep rot that exists in our decadent Indian society.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
  18. Triton

    One thing is for sure pakis from female to male they smell like cow crap....deodorant don't work on them
    One stinky nation....lol....

    June 27, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • Sheikha Bhavana Bint Deepa

      On behalf of all Hindus, I apologize for the moronic and hateful being posted by my fellow Indians. I am ashamed of it. It reflects the deep rot that exists in our decadent Indian society.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
  19. rk

    pakistan is the only pathetic humiliated state..where the masters come on paki soil to slap and pressurise the pakis...and poor pakis cant even stop them...hahahhahhahaa..

    June 27, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • Sheikha Bhavana Bint Deepa

      On behalf of all Indians, I apologize for the moronic and hateful being posted by my fellow Indians. I am ashamed of it. It reflects the deep rot that exists in our decadent Indian society.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
      • rk

        The Aghori or Aghouri is a Hindu cult that is considered to have split off from the Kapalika order in the fourteenth century AD. They have cannibalistic rituals. The streets of northern Indian cities are littered with followers of this cult carrying a kapala, which is a cup made from a skull! These bizarre people will eat anything from rotten food to animal faeces. In order to achieve the highest citadel of enlightenment, the Aghori will perform horrendously crude rituals. The finality of their rituals is attained from eating the decaying flesh of a human.

        June 27, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  20. krm1007 ©™

    US/NATO need to understand that this is not cowardly and meek India they are dealing with.....this is Pakistan they are messing with. DON'T MESS WITH PAKISTAN.....People!!!! US/Nato were obviously not expecting such a strong response from Pakistanis.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • rk

      pak needs to understyand its not a real country like india..pak survives on begging US and cant fool their masters anymore...poor paki...the US masters come on paki soil to slap the pakis around...and the pakis can do nothing...hahahhhahaaaaa

      June 27, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
      • Sheikha Bhavana Bint Deepa

        On behalf of all Indians/hindustanis, I apologize for the moronic and hateful comments being posted by my fellow Indians. I am ashamed of it. It reflects the deep rot that exists in our decadent Indian society. We are economically also on the downslide and most of our people are unemployed. They spend most of their time posting hateful comments on this forum. Please forgive us.

        June 27, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  21. krm1007 ©™

    Pakistan has taken a very principled stand. The Pakistan parliament has spoken and their position is very clear to USA et al. Apologize for murdering human beings. Follow International law with respect to sovereignty of nations.This is not about money but about standing up to international bullies who in cohort with bad apples in neighborhood are trying to muscle Pakistan. So, people, listen up.

    Pakistan parliament's stand is not complicated for USA to understand. Apologize for the murder of Pakistanis and follow International law with respect to sovereignty of nations. There will be no more free lunches going forward. Cannot be more simple for the likes of Panetta to understand.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • rk

      principled stand....hahahhaha..like when u pakis hid osama while taking billions pretending to look for him...???? no one is fooled by pakis now....hahhahaaaha

      June 27, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
  22. SayanIndia

    The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power. The Talibans brought them down in a few days with some BB guns. It is all over for India. Its demise is in process and should be completed with Afghanistan withdrawal

    June 27, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
  23. Reprinted With Permission ©

    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.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • Zane Z

      As far as Pakistan-USA relations are concerned there are none and both countries need to move on in different directions. They have not been able to develop friendship in 60 years. The biggest favor that USA can do for Pakistan is to stop all reimbursements/aid. Pakistan should stand on its feet. With the right leadership this can be achieved in 9 months.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • rk

      pak is gateway to oblivion.....
      pak is now completely encircled by india...even afgahnaistan is now getting ahead of pakis and redicule them...pak is getting hammered by drone strikes on their soil by americans..and the pakis turn around and beg the same americans....hahahhhaahaha

      June 27, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
      • Sheikha Bhavana Bint Deepa

        On behalf of all Indian Hindus, I apologize for the moronic and hateful comments being posted by my fellow Indians. I am ashamed of it. It reflects the deep rot that exists in our decadent Indian society. I ma truly ashamed of our national character that is being protrayed so neagtively by fellow indians. I apologize profusely.

        June 27, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  24. Zane Z

    If alternate routes are available then take them. Why make a big deal going through Pakistan. Issue closed. Next, let's talk about stopping the genocide in Indian Occupied Kashmir. That is what USA needs to be focusing on rather than retreating from a war zone in an untimely manner with unfinished business.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
  25. Pakistani Patriot

    Without a doubt Pakistan needs to move away from American sphere of influence. Not many countries/friends/allies have benefited from American friendship. Certainly, not Pakistan. As Yogi Berra said, "When You Reach a Crossroad, Take It " !!! This is your opportunity to walk away from American grip. It will mean a lot of sacrifices short term but will be worth it in the long run. DO IT !!

    June 27, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  26. Travis

    I expect the Pakistanis to cave in sooner or later to U.S. demands. The butchers who keep on operating those ungodly drones need to be indicted and brought to justice but won't, sadly enough.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:45 am | Reply
  27. mehBOOB BUTT

    ROLF

    June 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  28. Mister Jones

    Seriously? ... You are fully aware that we found the most wanted man on the PLANET, "hiding" in Pakistan. Pakistan hasn't paid isht for what they owe for that "oversight". They have received WAY too much cash from us for this kind of behavior.

    June 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • SayanIndia

      PAKISTAN !!!!

      THANK YOU …. THANK YOU…. THANK YOU!!!!
      FOR MAKING USA SAFE FOR MAKING THE WORLD SAFE>>>>>>>>>>>>
      Since Sep 11, 2001, over 200,000 Pakistani civilians, armed forces personnel have either sacrificed their lives or wounded; more than 3.5 million have been displaced while the country has lost over
      US $ 1 Trillion due to terrorism.

      Despite sacrifices, Pakistan was still engaged in 'the war for world peace”.

      No other country has even come close to selflessly sacrificing so much.

      Pakistan, no one can ever repay you enough for your contributions.
      You deserve a permanent seat in the UN Security Council for your contributions to world peace and emergence of a new world order. We welcome your rise as the new regional military power. God Speed.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
      • rk

        HAHAHAHAA...MAericans THANKING pakis by raining...HELL FIRE MISSILES...hahahahhaha

        June 27, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  29. krm1007 ©™

    Across all religions and cultures it is a basic tenet of human decency that human lives are valued and apologies are offered to the aggrieved by those responsible for the deaths. It nothing more, the words of apology are soothing to the families of those who died. In this case, Pakistan's contention is that Afghan forces and Indian intelligence deliberately provided misleading information to US/NATO forces and used them to kill 24 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers in cold blood and mercilessly.

    Notwithstanding the foregoing, It will be a gesture of utmost magnanimity and generosity by Pakistan to continue to enable friends and allies to achieve common goals by offering their resources and stand with them shoulder to shoulder. This is what separates men from boys. However, there should be no more free lunches. Pakistan has paid a disproportionate share of costs both in lives and kind in fighting this terror war to make USA, the World and its neighbors safe.

    June 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • mehBOOB BUTT

      14 army men were shot dead by taliban in pakitani military camp.

      pakistanis cant even keep soldiers safe..you talking about world and neighbors

      asia mehboob butt

      June 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
      • SayanIndia

        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.

        June 27, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • rk

      pakbegistan is not a real country..it was thrown out of india like a turd...and it has never moved an inch forward...it even lost half its state with bangladesh getting cut off....pakis live american taxpayer money and hid the guy who sent his men to fly planes into building in USA...the whole world is now watching the pakis..their blackmailing aint working..and they get daily slaps from their masters...

      June 27, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
      • Sheikha Bhavana Bint Deepa

        A few teenage talibans came and kicked our butts in Mumbai, India and we could not do anything. Our commandos hid in bunkers scared. This was the beginning of the end for India as a nation. We have been labelled as cowards by the world. So that is the reason behind the hateful comments being made by indian hindus on this forum. We beg your forgiveness.

        June 27, 2012 at 11:30 am |

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