Panetta on Pakistan: At least we're talking
June 29th, 2012
06:52 PM ET

Panetta on Pakistan: At least we're talking

By Jennifer Rizzo

In frank remarks Friday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the fact that discussions are even taking place to reopen Pakistan's supply routes into Afghanistan is a good sign, an inidcator of the rift in U.S. and Pakistan relations.

"We continue to have a line of communication with the Pakistanis to try to see if we can take steps to reopen the (Ground Lines of Communication)," Panetta said. "And the good news is that there continues to be those discussions."

Pakistan shut down the key supply routes, stretching from Afghanistan through the lawless western tribal regions of Pakistan and down to the southern port of Karachi, in November after dozens of its troops were killed in a mistaken U.S. airstrike.

The routes offer a shorter and more direct path than the one NATO has been using since, which goes through Russia and other nations, avoiding Pakistan altogether.

It has cost the U.S. $100 million more a month to use the alternative northern routes.

The remarks were made during a news conference with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.

This month, Panetta expressed frustration with Pakistan's failure to go after militant safe havens within its borders, particularly those of the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network.

Gen. John Allen, the U.S. military's top commander in Afghanistan, met with Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, this week. Panetta said Kayani was receptive to Allen's concerns over the threat from the Haqqani network.

"They too have been the victim of terrorism," Panetta said. "They lost 17 Pakistanis on a patrol to the (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan), and so every day, they too are the victims of terrorism. So we have a common enemy. It would make sense if we could work together to confront that common enemy."

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  1. Scott

    For the Pakistanis proud for your Country have a look at this. Your great parliament goemnrevnt @@@@ Search this in youTube please @@@This is How a Leader Speaks !!! Iranian President vs. Musharraf

    July 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  2. Pakistan small penis syndrom

    Bakistan world so called greatest army get there salwaars wet by taliban on regular base ..
    cant shoot down a drone ... drone have become beggistans national bird

    July 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  3. krm1007 © ™

    Another one two punch to Indian psyche: Revelations have it that Pakistan – USA are on the verge of finalizing their strategic partnership. By virtue of this, Pakistan's role as the regional military power with power projection capabilities in Middle East, Central Asia, Europe gateway and, of course, South Western Asia will be officially confirmed. The problem is that will cost India somewhere in the vicinity of 4% to 5% of their GDP and will need to look eastwards towards Bangladesh and Nepal as their business partners. Unless of course, they decide to normalize relations with Pakistan and resolve outstanding issues such as Kashmir.

    July 3, 2012 at 4:25 am | Reply
    • Pakistan small penis syndrom

      lol sour grapes

      July 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  4. tap tap tap

    THE DAY IS ALL BUT BEGUN IS PAKISTAN GOING TO DO SOMTHING OR YET AGAIN NOTHING

    July 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  5. GaryS

    Until the Pakis step up and take on the Taliban in Pakistan cut off all aid and let them rot. They're a sorry excuse for a ally, more like a opportunist waiting to stab you in the back.

    July 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • rk

      Why would they want to do that? Talibans are known as the Kafir Brigade to deal with India when the time comes. We have seen the trailer...haven't we?

      July 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • Larry Rubin

      I can certainly understand your point of view but question your motive as it appears you are one of them Indians/hinduz.
      Pakistan has clearly stated that no more free lunches to allies. They need to fight their own wars and pay for them in kind and lives. As you will recall. Pakistan won the Vietnam war for Americans by defeating USSR and their allies India in Afghanistan that ended the cold war.

      July 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  6. ding dong

    IS PAKISTAN GOING TO DO ANYTHING TODAY OR JUST TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE EXCEPT CHINA

    July 2, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • rk

      Just took a dump in New Delhi

      July 2, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • rk

        poor beggar pakis..living in dum pit...see dump everywhere...it waas US drone that took a massive dump on pakis....

        July 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
      • rk

        Took another big dump this time in Bangalore

        July 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
      • rk

        Another in Pune

        July 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  7. rk

    I am an Indian hindu and am jobless. Please help me.

    July 2, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • rk

      coward pakis hiding behind other names..scared of india encircling them...scared of US missiles raining on them..scared to have to bend over to the americans...poor pakis......hahahahaaha

      July 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
      • rk

        Took an Uber Dump in Jodhpur

        July 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  8. rk

    pakis getting humiliated by usa on world stage by daily redicule and drone strikes...and yet these beggars talk to americans begging for survival.......

    July 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • Albert Fish

      Nice to see that long after the collapse after the Soviet empire, India continues to swallow Russian c0ck.

      July 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  9. Jack Lamonte

    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.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • rk

      US THANKING P{AKIS FOR HIDING OSAMA AND EXPORTING TERROR ...BY RAINING MISSILES.....CONTINUE THIS THANKING....HHAHHAHAHAHAHA

      July 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  10. Jacober

    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

    July 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
    • rk

      NEXT US ELECTIONS WILL BE WON WHOEVER ODES MORE US DRONE STRIKES..ON THIS BEGGAR STATE OF PAK....THEIR AID WILL BE STOPPED FOR HIDING OSAMA...THEY WILL BE ISOLATED AND BRANDED AS BLACKMAILERS...NO OTHER COUNTRY WILL COME TO THEIR AID.....SOON PAK WILL BE BEGGING EVRYONE ..MAINLY TO INDIA...OR ELSE ITS OUT OF MAP....

      July 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
      • rk

        Took a massive dump on Mumbai

        July 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  11. Kirk Mefen

    Pakistan: We Love ya

    Blessed be the sacred Land
    Happy be the bounteous realm
    Symbol of high resolve
    Land of Pakistan
    Blessed be thou citadel of faith

    The order of this sacred land
    Is the might of the brotherhood of the People
    May the nation, the country, and the state
    Shine in glory everlasting
    Blessed be the goal of our ambition

    This Flag of the Crescent and Star
    Leads the way to progress and perfection

    Interpreter of our past, glory of our present
    Inspiration of our future
    Symbol of Almighty's protection

    July 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • rk

      PAK IS GLOBAL S*IT HOLE
      THEY CARRY BIG BEGGING BOWL
      THEY GOT KICKED OUT FROM INDIA LIKE TURD
      US DRONE IS THEIR NATIONAL BIRD....

      July 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
      • azaz

        stfu

        July 2, 2012 at 6:51 am |
  12. Zane Abdullah

    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

    July 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • rk

      Regional rising power india completely encircling pak all around....afte losing bangladesh, tiny pak is in fear of becoming even smaller with the loss of baluchistan....which was discussed in US senate.....no wonder pakis are so paranoid....

      July 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  13. lockedin

    FLAG THIS: NOTED:

    "USA should stop the Pakistan’s army aid and support the Baluchistan’s freedom. The Baloch people will open and welcome you from Gawader port to take your goods in Afghanistan and we Baloch people fully support to stop the terrorists. The Baloch people enemy is Pakistan and Iran and we Baloch people want only our freedom and we will achieve it. God bless USA and freedom of Balochistan…"

    July 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • Subbramanium

      I am from Kerala and want independence from India. South Indians want a separate state.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
      • rk

        so easy to spot dumb pakis....bngladesh cut off from u ...now baluchistan will be cut off....India encircling u...and u can do nothing...look at all the indian embassies on the afghan paki border...subramnypaki.....hahahhaahah

        July 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
      • Cenk

        roj December 14, 2009 God. I Love This Post. This one made me think back to our first six months. Too bad me and my paenrtr's not that romantic 'cause, you know, the eyes of narrow minded people. Hehe. Oh well. I envy you. Haha. Best of luck to both of you

        August 3, 2012 at 3:52 am |
    • Baloch Patriot

      I am a Baloch with some self respect. I am a die hard patriotic Pakistani and was offered money by Indians to create problems in the country. I chewed up some tobacco and spat in their face. they never returned.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
      • rk

        poor dumb pakis..india spit out pak years ago....now pakis losing baluchistan....india encircling them.....missiles all over their soil....begging for survival...pak wiped out...they never came back on world map....

        July 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  14. rk

    PAKBEGISTAN WAS CREATED WHEN INDIA THREW THEM OUT LIKE A TURD...AND SINCE THEN THE PARANOID PAKIS ARE THREATENED BY BIG HUGE DIVERSE SUCCESSFUL DADDY INDIA....POOR PAKIS THEY NEVER MOVED AHEAD AND CONSTANTLY KEPT LOSING PARTS OF THEIR STATE..THEY LOST BANGLADESH..IT WAS CUT OUT BY INDIA.....PAKIS LOST KARGIL,..NOW THEIR ISI COULD NOT EVEN GET THEIR FROZEN TERRORISTS OUT OF SIACHEN...THEY WERE HUMILIATED BY THE OSAMA RAID...THEY ARE NOW COMPLETELY ENCIRCLED BY INDIA ON ALL SIDES.....THEY ARE KNOWN WORLD WIDE AS HUB OF WORLD TERROR AND A BEGGAR CESSPIT...IN SPITE OF BEING NEXT TO THIS CESSPIT INDIA HAS ADVANCED SOOO MUCH...INCREDIBLE INDIA...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  15. Z. Pan Velt

    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.

    July 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • rk

      PAKISTAN FOUND HIDING OSAMA IN THEIR ARMY HEADQUARTERS......WHILE TAKING BILLIONS FROM US PRETENDING TO LOOK FOR HIM.....PAK IS NOW 'THANKED" FOR THIS CRIMINAL ACT BY HELL FIRE MISSILES....POAKBEGISTAN TURNS AROUND AND BEGS US...EVEN WHILE US RAINS THEM WITH HELL FIRE MISSILES....PAK IS NOW RECOGNISED WORLD OVER AS HUB OF TERRORISM....PAK SOON TO BE WIPED OFF THE WORLD MAP...ONLY THEN WILL THIS WAR ON TERROR END...

      July 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  16. lockedup

    HAS PAKISTAN DONE ANYTHING TODAY

    July 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • Alif Bay Pay

      They took a dump in New Delhi.

      July 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
      • rk

        paki............that was US drones taking dump on ur soil......hell fire missile dump!!!!!!!!...u must be familiar with dumps..??? ur pak is a big CESSPIT FULL OF DUMP....hahahhahhhha

        July 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
      • Safi Sher Dil

        ROFL !! good question GREAT answer!! Dumping in Delhi !!!

        July 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  17. uhadit

    india the great friend of Afgahnistan should take over the duty of defending Afghans by sending its super soldiers once the USA/NATO/ISAF moves out of Afghanistan by 2014,

    July 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • Z. Pan Velt

      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.

      July 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  18. Hazzaras

    India and america all the way we want to join your loving countries , come save us

    July 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
  19. Pleb

    Gosh this panetta is an ugly other – actually looks like a paki

    July 1, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
  20. lockedin

    I AM CANNOT BELIVE THAT PAKISTAN WHEN ASKED TO STOP COMPLAINING CANNOT STOP COMPLAINING BUT I SEE OTHERWISE

    WHEN IS PAKISTAN GOING TO DO ANYTHING ANYWHERE WITH ANYONE OTHER THAN COMPLAIN

    June 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  21. The American Patriot

    PAKISTAN !!!! WE LOVE YA !!!

    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 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • Pakistani Patriot

      You are welcome, partner. That's who we are and that is our creed.

      June 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
      • azaz

        im pakstani to

        July 2, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • Radgast

      so they try to fix the very problems they start and want to be rewarded?

      June 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
    • amused

      By definition, 'Sacrifice' is voluntary. When Pakistan decided to start a full scale terrorism industry, mainly to take control of Kashmir and the 'terrorism snake' is starting to strike and cause death and destruction that is not 'sacrifice'. It is more appropriate to call it the net outcome of having vision less leaders running the country. Nobody buys the argument that the USA is the source of terrorism starting with Russian occupation of Afghanistan. After the Russians withdrew why did Pakistan continue to provide sanctuaries, financial and moral support to these snakes.

      July 1, 2012 at 10:14 am | Reply
      • uhadit

        Because the terrorist USA left Pakistan in the middle without taking this rougues Muhajids along with them.

        July 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
      • Baloch

        Pakistan is making Americans fool that they are fighting with terrorism. Pakistani's army and ISI is the head of terrorist. Pakistani army is creating the terrorists thats a clear fact because Osama was found next to Pakisant's army and ISI's headquarters. Osama spent 6 to 7 years in pakistan while the USA was searching him. Pakistani's talk about peace but in Baluchistan they have been killing and dumping the innocent Baloch people from 64 years now, and they are using the U.S. weapons on innocent Baloch men, women, and children. USA should stop the Pakistan's army aid and support the Baluchistan's freedom. The Baloch people will open and welcome you from Gawader port to take your goods in Afghanistan and we Baloch people fully support to stop the terrorists. The Baloch people enemy is Pakistan and Iran and we Baloch people want only our freedom and we will achieve it. God bless USA and freedom of Balochistan...

        July 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Baloch

      Pakistani army is creating the terrorists thats a clear fact because Osama was found next to Pakisant's army and ISI's headquarters. Osama spent 6 to 7 years in pakistan while the USA was searching him. Pakistan is making Americans fool that they are fighting with terrorism. Pakistani's army and ISI is the head of terrorists, Pakistani's talk about peace but in Baluchistan they have been killing and dumping the innocent Baloch people from 64 years now, and they are using the U.S. weapons on innocent Baloch men, women, and children. USA should stop the Pakistan's army aid and support the Baluchistan's freedom. The Baloch people will open and welcome you from Gawader port to take your goods in Afghanistan and we Baloch people fully support to stop the terrorists. The Baloch people enemy is Pakistan and Iran and we Baloch people want only our freedom and we will achieve it. God bless USA and freedom of Balochistan...

      July 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Jay

      What kind of crap have you been on,do you understand the world politics,you dumb paki.

      July 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • rk

      the whole world thanking ur pakbegistan by constant drone strikes for harboring osama while taking billions from USA pretending to look for him....now their blackmailing aint working..poorpakis running on empty....hahhahahhahaaa....soon to be off the cliff.....

      July 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  22. Jared

    AN INDIAN SAGA
    HUMPTY DUMPTY: Had a great fall
    India is pretty much done. The bubble has burst. India is sliding downhill at supersonic speed. GDP growth has disappeared...the only growth left is the hair between their legs. Inflation is in the clouds and India has asked Pakistan to help out. Pakistan has opened up Wagah Border to help Indians with food/goods etc. The Indian Rupee has collapsed against US $. US owns India financially now. As of last week the Indian bourse also collapsed.

    June 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • Alif Bay Pay

      Feel sorry for the neighbors.

      June 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • rk

      US drones flattening all walls..... humpty dumpty walls in pakbegistan.......poor paksi running from misssiles on their own soil....poor pakis begging from same US that rains missiles on the pakis...pak ...dumpcenter...of the world...HUGE DIVERSE INDIA RIDING ON ALL MAJOR INTL ORGANISATIONS AND HIGH ON ALL WORLD RANKINGS....paranoid pakis cant even dream ...all they can do is dump in their own cesspit...hahahahhhahah

      July 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  23. rk

    PAKBEGISTAN IS OFFICIALLY DECLARED DEAD...its now a cesspit surviving on US taxmoney...Pakis were humiliated with osama getting shot by americans on paki soil...they were humiliated when they lost bangladesh...they were humiliated when they lost kargil...they are continuously humiliated by daily missile strikes and the poor pathetic pakis turn around and beg from same americans...IS a wonder that INDIA being right next to thei paranoi cesspit has moved up so highly in world rankings and member of all leading groups like BRIC ...pakis can only fume and squirm...with INDIA now making huge trade deals in afghanistan and with all the numerous indian embassies on paki afgahn border....hahhaaha

    June 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • Anna Marie Kilmartin

      What's happened to India? Seemingly every day, new reports emerge of its slide. Growth has dropped to -5.3% – half the rate it was in 2010, and the lowest in nearly a decade. The rupee has hit a record low against the dollar, depreciating more than 125% in one year. Inflation is rampant; the deficit is growing; reforms have stalled.

      Worse is to come, if you believe the ratings agencies. Standard & Poor's and Fitch have both given India their lowest investment grade and are on a negative watch.

      What happened to "Incredible India," the capital "I" of the BRIC countries?

      June 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
      • Germaine

        I'll tell you what happened. It is being flushed down the toilet.

        June 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  24. krm1007 ©™

    THE HOUSE OF CARDS CALLED INDIA (Hindustan)
    Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up

    Friends and countrymen, lend me your ears;
    I come to bury India, not to praise it.
    The evil that India has done will live after it;
    There is no good in the bones of any Indian body.
    They are nothing but evil, nothing but cowards and all.

    If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
    If you have any b@lls, prepare to sacrifice them now.
    But the time has come for Indians to get out of the trenches from hiding,
    And face the Talibans head on and do the biding.
    Protecting your country is Indian responsibility,
    Subcontracting to Americans, Israelis and South Koreans is not an enduring possibility

    June 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • Jared

      These hindus are a bunch of pu$$ies

      June 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  25. krm1007 ©™

    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 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • Charlie

      In america we call Mahatma gandhi type persons pedophiles

      June 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
      • rk

        hahahaha...the whole world calls ur father figure osama a pedophile terrorsit...hahahahhhha

        June 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • rk

      pakis get hammered by US drones and yet they bend over and beg from same americans...pak is now officially US b*ich!!!!!!

      June 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • Germaine

        Are you jealous? You are the ones wearing the mini skirts for them !!! Lol

        June 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Jared

      Gandhi is a sicko....Take down his statues from US soil.

      June 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  26. krm1007 ©™

    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 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • rk

      pakis are such cowards ...they talk to the same americans that fire hell fire missiles on them...they have no credibility in the planet evidenced by US kiling osama on their soil....yet the paki continue to beg for apology and beg for survival from americans..how humiliating....hahahaha

      June 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  27. krm1007 ©™

    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. So Giddyy Uuup.

    June 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • rk

      pakis have no stand...they are a failed terrorist state..not even a real country..which real country will beg from same guys that throw missiles at them for decades...????...beggars cant be choosers...now even blackmailing aint working for pakis.....

      June 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  28. 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.

    June 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • rk

      paki's stand is that they have been isolated and rediculed...they have been a failure from the start...they get fired with missiles and they end up talking and begging from same americans....no wonder they are called cesspit of the world...they have been a complete failure from the time they were kicked out of india....

      June 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  29. krm1007 ©™

    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 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • ddpp

      what crossroad? they have reached the dead end; Mr. Karim R Mohammad.

      June 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Viraj

      samuel c samuel Posted on I am a naigrein that has just completed my secondary school level and would like to study Computer Engineering/Electronics Engineering in Korea through scholarship.this is because korea is the largest producing electronics and my parents are poor and can not afford the morney to sponsor my academic carrer so,how can i accomplish my dream? kindly reply.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  30. krm1007 ©™

    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 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • rk

      issue will be closed beggar pakis...only when US will cleanse all ur terrorists..and flatten ur cesspit..to make it a big parking lot...and u pakis cant take billions from US and then hold the nato supply routes...america is not going to take the paki blackmailing anymore...and India has now encircled u all around...hahahhahah

      June 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  31. ddpp

    Pakistan is talking but no one understands their dog language outside Pakistan.

    June 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • adam

      only dog language called hindi american do understand

      June 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • adam

      a typical hindu mentality lick the white man ass vegetable

      June 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
      • rk

        a typical paki has been licking either the chines or american butt from the day they were kicked out of india...hahahhaah
        thye have not one achievement since they were thrown out like turds from india...hahahahaa

        June 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  32. Tony

    Leon the lamer is responsible for screwing-up the critical relationship with Pak with his big mouth and macho style and as a result the more than 100000 soldiers are more or less stuck in the unfriendly Afghanistan. Most of the American think giving Pak $1 billion a year is a big favour, well how about spending $ 1 billion a month now that Pak shut you down?

    June 30, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  33. locked

    HAS PAKISTAN DONE ANYTHING YET...NOPE...BUT THEY DID COMPLAIN

    REMINDS ME OF ISRAEL

    June 30, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
  34. Sophie

    I have a question. Who is supplying Pakistan with Fertilizer? The supply route for Pakistan use only, what is coming into that country and from where? We need to only give Afghan. and Pakistan Food, and we need to get out of there asap.Everyday there is a new gang, another bit of confusion, and so to end the confusion, we need to get out. We can not afford to feed the "gangs of terroism", and for 10 plus years that is what is really going on. OUT NOW for the USA.

    June 30, 2012 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • adam

      @sophie pakistan is a agriculture country and there is lot of myths in america about pakistan it is one of them pakistan has more tham 30 fertilizers plants which made all range of ferilizers from natural gas so it is commonly and widely available in pakistan for agro use and yes it export to othar countries too if some one use it for bomb purpose u cannot stop it just like any thing which have good or bad use i think all the difference can be overcome if u have will to do that no pakistani is againest america but they consider america hostile country due to tone of these morons u call them hawks in this american govt this could be done long time ago but people like panetta made complicated and tough ,we been ally for 60 years from cold war to now so american stop blaming us and start talk to us with ally to talk through diplomats not in media and printing stories in newspapers cheers

      June 30, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • krm1007 ©™

      As you may recall, when Americans were handed their @ss on a plate in Vietnam by the communists (India was an ally), it was the pakistanis that won the cold war for Americans by defeating the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. I hope that refreshes your memory and answers any questions or misconceptions you may have. Salute'

      June 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • rk

        as ur inbred brain might recall...it was pak where osama was found and was humiliated by US navy seals...no wonder they are getting rained by missiles..and yet the beggar pakis turn around and beg the americans....how humiliating...kick in as*** to u pakis...!!!!

        July 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • krm1007 ©™

      Pakistan has offered financing to Americans to finance the transit costs knowing that it is in dire financial straits. In other word,s Pakistan has offered aid to USA to ease the costs of war for them.

      June 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
      • rk

        pakis demanding 5000dollars instead of usual 25o dollars per truck...not the crap ur mulla told u...but now everyone on palnet knows pak as terorrist cesspit...and americans arn't buying ur blackmailing either...in other words soon pkais will apologise to americans and beg them to use their roads....

        June 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  35. obama is only perpared to talk with hollow words on all policies

    More spin from the obama do nothing camp

    June 30, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • rk

      really..paki..?? seen the increase in drone strikes lately..??? highest in last 10 years...who did that...??? who got ur osama on ur soil...??? it was all obama...now go crawl back into ur cesspit....

      June 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  36. lock

    CAN PAKISTAN DO ANYTHING BESIDE COMPLAIN IF SO WHAT AND WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN

    June 30, 2012 at 6:40 am | Reply
  37. Bangash

    REQUEST ON HUMANITERIAN GROUNDS
    Mr Panetta this is my personal request to your person, being a highly important person( Human being) in deciding the fate of billions of human beings on this planet. I am a tribal from FATA, in Pakistan and since last three decades I have observed deeply the situation, having led to what we all call terrorism today and you being commander of the world top intelligence network bestly understand where the problem is. Pakistan for the last three decades, in friendship with USA has done a lot to defend US global strategic interests in this region and luckily you in above statement have realised that Pakistan is equally victim of this terrorism but despite all these sacrifices you in person deny an appology on what you call mistaken attack on Salala camp, killing tens of Pakistani soldiers in their bunkers at border post. No doubt you have paid and even today paying billions of dollars to some individuals or organisations in Pakistan in return for their services but as a nation Pakistan has lost almost every thing in your friendship and today you being the most sincerely served Master has turned against own ally and the equal victim. Is this not an open favor to the terrorism that Pakistan being biggest and main contributor in war against terrorism and in real words main fort against terrorism is being labbled as an enemy or some time a terrorist state and being attacked with drones and like Salala attacks regularly. Pakistan as a nation particularly tribals FATA are deadly against militancy in their respective areas and I as a tribal challenge you and rest of the world to prove at least 1% tribal associated withe terrorism in tribal areas and I being a tribal ready to prove that 99% of tribal in FATA are deadly against the militants in their region but this helplessnes of 99% tribal is mainly due to extreme similarity in what they see for the last three decades under US supervision in this region. They concider these 1% militants as US secret Army in the making as all main commanders in militant organisations belonged to a very poor families and they had nothing even to feed their own kids but today rain of dollars in this region has made them confront govts and even world. Pakistan already survive on US aid and certainly not in position to invest massively in such operations.
    Mr Panneta you have the key to resolve this issue and save succeeding generations from the scourge of wars to which USA like any other signitory of the UN charter, is committed and you, being main decider of the fate of billions of human beings must come forward with human spirit and change the whole world, make it free of wars, deaths destructions, and put them exectly on the path which all founding fathers of America had conceived and wished to see the world after a war of liberation. Your statue of liberty stands for three main national ideals i.e universal justice, peace and fraternity. Americans as a nation have voted for CHANGE which mean you have no problem in returning to for which America has come into existance. I hpoe your attention to one of the UN report on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may make you free for this bold decision wherein it was said that if half of the billions of US dollar, spent in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, had been spent on human welfere projects all over the world it would have enabled each individual on the surface of earth to have free drinking water, food and education. So the difference is clear and now it is upto you to decide how you being a true son of your mother land will like to see America in this new millinium.
    Remember, wars, for we all human beings, have been parts of our life since centuries to this day and what we have got in return is also part of the history and coming generation in this internet world will then decide our fate by judging our actions being their custodians. Globalisation has already started and no one can stop the world to become a global village but can delay. so Mr Panetta come forward and make the world a sweet home for every one.

    June 30, 2012 at 4:54 am | Reply
    • CentralParkTarzan

      Commendable...but you are barking up the wrong tree... Panetta Boots are all over the world...why not Afghanistan!

      June 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • Baloch

      Pakistani army and ISI are making Americans fool that they are fighting with terrorism.In reality, Pakistani's army and ISI are the head of terrorists. Pakistani army is creating the terrorists thats a clear fact because Osama was found next to Pakisant's army and ISI's headquarters. Osama spent 6 to 7 years in pakistan while the USA was searching him. Pakistani's talk about peace but in Baluchistan they have been killing and dumping the innocent Baloch people from 64 years now, and they are using the U.S. weapons on innocent Baloch men, women, and children. USA should stop the Pakistan's army aid immediately and support the Baluchistan's freedom. The Baloch people will open and welcome USA from Gawader port to take their goods in Afghanistan and we Baloch people fully support to stop the terrorists. The Baloch people's enemy are Pakistani and Irani army which are the USA enemy too, and we Baloch people want only our freedom and we will achieve it. God bless USA and freedom of Baluchistan...

      July 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  38. krm1007 © ™

    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. So Giddyy Uuup.

    June 30, 2012 at 4:21 am | Reply
    • rk

      pakis stand is now very clear to the whole world...so clear that americans rain paki soil with missiles...they are called hub of world terror...and are now on edge of cliff....soon to be off the map

      June 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
      • Saddam bin laden

        Do you know anything about anything else besides drones. You should try to read some books beside watching FOX and south park.

        July 2, 2012 at 1:01 am |
  39. 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.

    Due to the prevailing political climate in USA the apology appears to be forthcoming after preventive measures are put in place to minimize political outfall, polls are conducted to gage the effect and a face saving exit from Afghanistan has been figured out. It is a matter of time. Meantime, 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 30, 2012 at 4:20 am | Reply
    • outlaw

      absolutely correct, human lives are valued and so are NOT TOLD to go and die themselves and kill other people in process. The truth is u people have helped spread the disease, do not blame states about abandoning u, u also deliberately encouraged radicalism. Remember the sole winner of nobel price for physics for Pakistan had his grave desecrated because he was an Ahmadiya. Except for Wahabi-Salafi sunnis, shias, christians, Hindus are all heretics. What u done besides go with a begging bowl either to USA or China?? U r leaders and generals loot the country with impunity and send their children to foreign countries and maintain plush houses there. Shame on u people to encourage this behavior and brainwashing poor kids to kill themselves. Did USA hold u r hands to not build more power plants??? Did USA ask u to declare minorities heretics?? Stop seeing "foreign hand" in everything. Karachi, FATA, Baluchistan, NWFP are all lawless areas divided by greedy politicians and petty goons. On top of that, all the world's wanted people somehow keep turning up there? either the army is incompetent or hand in glove with them. have it u r way. High time to let the people know that "We the jarnails and karnails have chewed up all the money" and "rest has been taken by politicians" so we cannot provide schools, colleges, roads, ports, power plants. So, go on people of Pakistan, endure power cuts in heat while we sit in our homes with DG sets and dream of world domination but u all should learn to die for us and be cannon fodder.

      June 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
      • krm1007 ©™

        In some Haryana villages in India, the young girls are routinely threatened, abused and killed all under Khap (tribe/clan) verdicts. It is acceptable for the families to feed pesticide pills to the teenage girls and then dispose off their bodies by burning them without any police records.

        June 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • krm1007 ©™

        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 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • krm1007 ©™

        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 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
      • krm1007 ©™

        BODDA BING BODDA BOOM

        We are Hindus from India,
        And we like to put on the Bindiya,
        We are mostly Haris,
        But we like to put on the Saris,
        Sadly, we are nothing but Bhikaris,
        Sadly, we are nothing but Bhikaris,
        We take the Americans to Heart,
        But get nothing in return except a F@rt,
        So we tend to kiss the American @ss,
        Again, we get nothing in return except the American gas,
        We are nothing but Bhikaris and are Indians No Mas.

        June 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • Jasmine

        Mr President. Thank you for your Independence Day Greetings and your pledge for flood roervcey support for Pakistan. What we need in Pakistan today is good governance. What have you done or what do you plan to do to help improve governance in Pakistan? We are waiting for your pledge and support for good governance in Pakistan.

        August 1, 2012 at 1:47 am |
    • rk

      in all religions and all civilizations...a state harbouring terrorists and states with terrorism as state policy are isolated and rediculed and soon wiped off the map...pakis on freefall..no wonder....

      June 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • rk

      pakbegistan is world' s*ht h*le
      they beg US with big begging bowl
      they got kicked out from India like Turd
      US drone is their national Bird...

      June 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  40. Danish Ali Ahmad

    i read it 5 times "stretching from Afghanistan through the lawless western tribal regions of Pakistan and down to the southern port of Karachi,"
    just wondering that how Media twist the words or lies so much that it becomes reality.
    Look how the writer compare two countries "from afghanistan" to "Lawless point A to Point B in Pakistan". So that means NATO/ISAF are totaling wasting there time in a much decent, human freindly Afghanistan as compare to the Hell broken, fatility prone Pakistan. good job cnn. that is like samething what i read before in 2003 about IRAQ WMD.

    June 30, 2012 at 4:02 am | Reply
  41. saeed

    usa is a joke usa is a idiot it does not understand that a war with china or russia will result in that u people are burned away from the earths surface.

    June 30, 2012 at 3:41 am | Reply
    • Saeedthemoron

      Saeed what is 1+ 2?

      June 30, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
      • Pakis can't count

        Well, they can count to 72 for the number of virgins they hope to have in hell.

        June 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • saeedTheTowelHead

      Baaaaaaaaaaaah, Baaaaaaaaaaaaah, Baaaaaaaaaaaah, Daaaaaaaaaaaaddy?

      July 2, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
      • Juan

        I am very upset and angry at the pakistani presdient zadaaree. He has failed to helped these poor flood victims.zadaaree goes to london on a fun trip. while the poor suffer in the flood. zadaaree does not care for these flood victims or he does not have a clue what is going on in pakistan. all he cares about is money and his pride. just like bush and cheney who did not care about katrina victims.shame on the pakistani presdient zadaaree.I hope and pray to God that ALL the money for aid goes to the flood victims and NOT that theif zadaaree

        August 1, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  42. Njunaid

    The Mighty Super Power is actually on its Knees when it comes to facing off its own ego. It just may choose to go to war with Pakistan (before it goes to war with IRAN just like it went to IRAQ before it addressed AFGHANISTAN) which has a 85% population which considers the US as #1 enemy and is actually now holding the Civilian and the Army leadership by their Balls to stand up to the US.

    June 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
    • Quigley

      Let's all hope that the Pakistanis don't cave in to U.S. demands about reopening that supply route through their country. These politicians in Washington sorely need to get knocked off their high horses and see that they can't bully the whole wide world!!!

      June 29, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
      • Leif

        Let's all nothing. Speak for yourself.

        June 30, 2012 at 3:23 am |
    • Pakistanwho

      Stupid Paks-first thing that comes to mind when thinking of pakistan is scavengers. Why we give you people anything just blows my mind. I mean you have know resources we want and you play on both sides. US CUT RELATIONS IMMEDIATElLY! These ungrateful people aren't werth a dime in my opinion and as far as being on our knees-not even close. We are playing by the rules keep being defiant and force will be implemented. Stop running your mouths on American sites-go post on Pakistans major site "The Dawn" if you want to be critical of the US.

      June 30, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
      • krm1007 ©™

        The Aghori or Aghouri is a Hindu cult in India 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 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • rk

      pakis survive on US dollars and then turn around and bite them...now all their blackamiling aint working,....poor pakis will soon be begging USA to use their roads..paki airspace is already used by ameircans,....hahahhaaha

      July 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  43. adam

    now what happen to this guy last weak he fuming now getting melow he need to see a dr,,if i am obama then mr panetta
    UR FIREEEEEEEEEEE ,i can tell u ,u have to say apology over salala its written on the wall , cheers

    June 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
    • rk

      watch out for that wall...missiles from US drone coming at it.,..hide.....

      June 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
      • John

        Watch out for those Talibans....they are a coming bearing gifts for you. This will sing you some bhajans. Duck for cover in the bunkers......Mwah ha hah ha.

        July 1, 2012 at 3:04 am |
      • rk

        @john PAKI....BEFORE THAT THE MISSILES FROM US DRONES WILL GET THEM...RUN TALIBANIS...RUN....POOR PAKIS ...RUNNING FROM MISSILEWS FROM DECADES...hahahahhha

        July 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm |

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