July 2nd, 2012
04:39 PM ET

U.S. and Pakistan 'moving closer' to a deal to reopen Afghan border routes

The U.S. and Pakistan are "moving closer" to an agreement on re-opening border crossings into Afghanistan for NATO supplies, a senior U.S. official said Monday.

The official, who is not authorized to speak publicly about sensitive negotiations, says representatives from the two nations discussed the re-opening of ground supply routes into Afghanistan during meetings this weekend that included Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

RECOMMENDED: Pakistani view of U.S. hits new low

A senior Pakistani government official also said an agreement is expected soon to reopen the supply routes. The official, familiar with the Pakistan-U.S. discussions, said the movement comes as a result of the recent talks.

The Pakistani official said the country's Defense Committee of Cabinet, a group of top civilian and military leadership, will be held in the next few days to finalize the deal.

The official didn't share the details of the expected deal.

ISAF commander Gen. John Allen had "a productive meeting" with his counterparts in Pakistan, the senior U.S. official said.  It was the second visit in just the past week.  He was joined by Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides for the talks, which have concluded, said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

Nuland told reporters at the State Department on Monday that no deal has been reached yet.

"We've been working through a range of issues with Pakistan over the past few months including towards working on reopening" the border crossings, Nuland said.

"That work continues - we don't have anything in particular to announce today," Nuland said.

A U.S. defense official also sounded a note of caution saying no deal was done.

The talks have been stuck on two key issues - Pakistan's demand to charge more per container shipped across its border, and Pakistan's demand the United States apologize for a friendly-fire incident last November, in which coalition forces killed 24 Pakistani Army soldiers at a checkpoint.

The senior U.S. official told CNN the payment issue "had been successfully negotiated to a resolution, for all intents and purposes."

There has been "some movement on our (the U.S.) side to possibly go beyond some of the previous statements" regarding the shooting, the official said, as well as some "flexibility from our Pakistani partners."

The United States has never gone as far as giving an unconditional apology for the incident. The official cautioned that "nothing is set in stone yet" and there is no official agreement to re-open the supply routes.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta indicated recently the U.S. was not amenable to an apology.

"We've made clear what our position is, and I think it's time to move on," Panetta said in an interview with Reuters in June.

soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Gomez

    India's goose is cooked. This is last nail in Indian coffin. Tried to drive a wedge between US and Pakistan and failed miserably. Pakistan pulled the rug from under India in return. LOL!!!

    July 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  2. Clinton

    Why do we bother working deals with these idiots... They are to blame for the incident involving their soldiers getting killed... they FIRED on our aircraft... Guess what, they knew it was us... they knew it was our Aircraft approaching the border.... They knew because nobody else is there but us... so they tried to kill our servicemen and died in the process and we're supposed to apologize forget that.... Pakistanis cannot be trusted, they harbored Osama Bin Laden then got mad at us for taking him out.... WELL MAYBE IF YOU DIDN'T HARBOR THE WORLDS WORST TERRORISTS WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO FLY IN AND TAKE HIM OUT!!!!!! ... Al Quaida found a home in Pakistan, they are sheltered and protected there, Pakistan is harboring the enemy, they basically ARE the enemy and as such we shouldn't be working any deals with that terrorist nation.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • E Rohm

      You're not dead yet?

      Pity.

      July 4, 2012 at 2:12 am | Reply
    • Pogo

      The world's worst terrorists are here in D.C.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
  3. new

    TH E U S CAN FIGHT THEIR WAY OUT THROuGH PAKISTAN FOR FREE

    July 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  4. new

    PAKISTAN HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING TODAY

    July 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • E Rohm

      What a coincidence, neither have you.

      July 4, 2012 at 2:12 am | Reply
  5. PAKIS ARE DUMB

    pakis realising that they cant black mail US anymore...pakis with their begging bowl empty were already allowing airspace to be used to move nato supplies.....now they opened up their roads...they open up when US tells them to...hahhahahhahahahha

    July 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • E Rohm

      Keep on sucking that Russian shlong, India.

      July 4, 2012 at 2:13 am | Reply
  6. TALIBANS NEED NO PERMISSION

    mwaah hah ha ha.... talibs came to Mumbai without visas/passports to sing some bhajans to indian hinduz .. mwaaah ha ha

    July 3, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
    • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

      i heard they are coming back.....hide !!!!!

      July 3, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
      • rk

        where to hide???? indian army has taken up all the hiding spots !!!!! hha ha ha hehe he he ...mwaaah ha ha ha

        July 3, 2012 at 11:40 am |
      • PAKIS ARE DUMB

        US DRONE...paki national bird...eating pakis from decades...run..hide...pakis.......

        July 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • PAKIS ARE DUMB

      oink..oink..hide...drones after ur talibunnies ....crawl back .....

      July 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  7. DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

    pakbegistan..opens its roads....hahhaha...PAKIS ALWAYS OPEN UP...WHEN BEGGING BOWL EMPTY....hahahahahhaha

    July 3, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

      • 828 million people or 75.6% of the Indian population is living below $2 a day. 42% of the population is living below the new international poverty line.

      July 3, 2012 at 11:35 am | Reply
      • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

        100%of pak isurvivng on US aid money..the beg for bllions from US...their economy is in shambles...their gdp and export is terror..pakis hav never been known for their talent in any filed except in terrorism...they are distrusted in very other nation...they a re designated as worlds hub of terror..they hav no favorable opinion in any other real country....India and pak cannot even be compared..India is huge diverse democratic and successful......

        July 3, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  8. Pranab Singh

    The Indian Debacle could overshadow the European crisis. GDP that has dropped off the cliff (4% est), budget deficits, collapse of Indian rupiah, rampant poverty, unemployment, FDI reversal, companies leaving town are some of the disastrous events that are threatening the Indian state. The downward spiralling is so severe that the Indian government has been unable to control it. Even the Americans have been unable to help and several trips by the treasury secretary were not helpful. This also has security repercussions for India and US defense secretary and secretary of state have flown in to counsel India on how to protect its borders with the help of Israel/IDF. Rumors have it that the breakup of India along the lines of Soviet Union is a very plausible scenario that I am sure intelligence agencies all over
    the world are factoring in their geopolitical stress tests

    July 3, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • rk

      Pranab Ji, what will happen to us hinduz. where will we go? into the ocean as shark fodder/

      July 3, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
      • Pranab Singh

        rk ...raj ji relax. they are planning to carve for us a small place in maharashtra along ocean to practice bhajans and bang boys like gandhi bapu

        July 3, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

        poor paki....what will pakis do when their paki land is flattened into a large parking lot....hide...run...paki....drones....

        July 3, 2012 at 11:32 am |
      • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

        • 33% of the global poor are Indians. Sub-Saharan Africa considered the world’s poorest region is better than India.

        July 3, 2012 at 11:34 am |
      • PAKIS ARE DUMB

        where will pakis hide now...India on afgahnistan border with all embassies. completely encircling beggar pak...with US missiles raining on them daily...pakis agetting crushed...soon to be a parking lot...

        July 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
      • PAKIS ARE DUMB

        oink..oink..piggy...got squashed by drone..???? dont want to hide under under this name..???? poor little piggy.......

        July 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  9. Prem Ramchand

    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.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • rk

      Prem babu...u know we indians very meek. scared of talibans.

      July 3, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
      • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

        hahahaa...poor beggar paki...replying to his own lame paki comments,.......carryon...joker....

        July 3, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

        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.

        July 3, 2012 at 11:33 am |
      • PAKIS ARE DUMB

        pakis...sooo dumb... soooo ashamed to identify themselves as pakis....hahahhaa.....pakis...redicule of the world....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...poor blakc paki piggies using other names ...no use...cant hide....hahahahahaa

        July 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  10. Rajesh Kapadia

    So the only way to peace in Afghanistan is dismantling the terrorist network and financing emanating from India, cutting it up into smaller nations along the lines of communist USSR and let smaller and more gentle and economically dynamic states emerge, stopping the genocide in Kashmir of muslim children/women, subjugation of minorities, prosecution of Christians and Muslims. Furthermore the ridiculously large and ineffective Indian army needs to be dismantled and put to use in assisting the poverty stricken masses and not sitting in trenches hiding from Talibans.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • rk

      oink..oink...paki piggy...hiding behind indian names..??.......hahahhaahahahaa

      July 3, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
      • rk

        mooo moooo moooo wanna beefshanks tonight.

        July 3, 2012 at 11:22 am |
      • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

        fake rk...begging again....hahahhahaahhaha

        July 3, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  11. Reprinted With Permission ©

    Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3, 218–224

    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.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

      thrown from india like a turd
      US drone is pak's national bird

      July 3, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
      • rk

        The level of intelligence of my fellow hinduz indian is pathetic.

        July 3, 2012 at 11:24 am |
      • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

        fake rk delusional with all drone strikes...hahahahhahahaha

        July 3, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  12. Reprinted With Permission ©

    Pakistan is riding the wave to regional dominance….a phenomenon that is best described by Shakespeare as follows::::

    There is a tide in the affairs of men.
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat,
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

      PAK geting a huge wave of US drone strikes..from last ten years....best described by the new phrase...US DRONE IS PAK NATIONAL BIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 3, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
      • rk

        Another indi hinduz talking crap. Indicative of illiteracy prevalent in hindu society.

        July 3, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  13. rk

    WHEN BEGGIING BOWL IS EMPTY...PAKIS OPEN UP...THATS WHAT THEY DO....HAHHAHHAHHAHA

    July 3, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
    • rk

      I am actually an Indian hinduz writing stupid things that are full of hate.

      July 3, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
      • rk

        oink..oink..ltllte black piggy.....no is fooled by u...keep commenting and humiliating urself......did u thank ur american masters today for feeding u...little black piggy...????????

        July 3, 2012 at 11:13 am |
      • rk

        Mooo mooo. can someone send me a steak in india. i am too poor to buy one. mooo mooo

        July 3, 2012 at 11:14 am |
      • DRONES NEED NO PERMISSION

        fake rk getting hounded by US drones...even lost his begging bowl...oink...oinkkk

        July 3, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  14. rowdyrudy

    pakistani finally took off there parachute pants and ready to take it from back again as usuall from USA as good pet :)

    July 3, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
  15. Paul

    Drop them and let them fend for themselvs. Pull the 3.3 billion we give them and use it here to pay off the debt or buy more RPV's.

    July 3, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • Awabnavi

      You just can not do that. Allah has ORDAINED that you keep paying the BELIEVERS.

      July 3, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
  16. F150

    This is good negotiation - The US is not offering an unconditional apology and is not paying the outrageously high fee. Pakistanis are caving in just to unfreeze the US aid and let some much needed cash flow in. Both sides get what they care about.

    July 3, 2012 at 6:44 am | Reply
    • rk

      Again an illiterate indian who is cutting and pasting comments from others.

      July 3, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
      • AcclaimedMan

        Your Porky literacy is showing up in your rants as comments. But be assured that you are deplored as before no matter how many rants you spill !!!!

        Porkies are banged everywhere, including this site !!!

        July 3, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  17. 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 4:21 am | Reply
    • rk

      US and India two large successful democracies have healthy strategic relationship...they have civil nuclear deal and memebership in NSG...India also is exempt from Irainian oil imports...Poor pakis get nothing but daily humiliation....now they are opening up the raods..and not getting hi fees aither...US finally knows how to deal with this strategic terorirst....

      July 3, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
      • rk

        I am a frustrated, jealous and jobless indian with no purpose in life typical of hinduz

        July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  18. SSampson

    If I remember correctly (and I may be wrong), the Friendly Fire incident was called in and confirmed by Pakistani liasons...

    That being said, there are MANY Pakistani's that ARE working with us and any friendly fire incident is a terrible thing. I see no issue making an apology for this tradgedy.

    Pakistan is a torn country – we tend to only see the negative stuff in the meda and not the positive stuff (typical these days). There is a lot of corruption in Pakistan and this makes it difficult for the good people there to manage the situation. They sometimes must make political gestures to maintain control of the situation in the country. While these 'gestures' are definately annoying, the alternative is a complete breakdown in a country teetering on the edge, and that would create even more difficulties.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
  19. money burn

    foR KeepINg Them SaFe

    July 3, 2012 at 12:55 am | Reply
  20. money burn

    NO $ FOR PAKIsTAN thEY PAy Us

    July 3, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
  21. AgeofInsanity

    Let me guess. We can use their dirt road for double the payment from past agreements.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:44 am | Reply
  22. meh

    pull us out of that area. deport all muslims from north america by force. problem solved, yes?

    July 3, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
    • Albert Fish

      Better still, lets deport you.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:33 am | Reply
      • rk

        better still lets squash you with US drones...hahahahahha

        July 3, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Bill in Florida

      Problem solved only in your whirt-centric pea brain.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:34 am | Reply
  23. George Patton

    It's funny just how Liberal these conservative fanatics in Washington can be when it comes to giving away our hard earned tax dollars. This post here is a shining example of that!!! To the surprise of no one, Pakistan caved in, showing just how corrupt they are. This is downright revolting!!!

    July 3, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
  24. adam

    all vegs r burning

    July 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  25. DrBakroChod

    Mazhab aka religion teaches us deception since the time of pbuh Mo.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  26. adam

    jalney waloon ka moon kala

    July 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  27. chizzlin sam

    packasstan, a nation of begging liars...money well spent.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  28. Reasonable1

    A couple of camel jockeys beheaded 17 incompetent Pakistani armed soldiers without much effort. Nobody will apologize to these bumbling nincompoops who fired at the NATO helicopters first but then lost when NATO responded with force. If you are so incompetent, don't pick up a fight. When you lose, don't whine for an apology.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • Albert Fish

      Spoken like a true armchair warrior.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:35 am | Reply
      • rk

        spoken like tru beggar....hahahahaha

        July 3, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  29. kumud (Los Angeles)

    The land belongs to them, so was it in Osama raid but we did it and rightly so. Their agency wants to have a control over the situation, it may be a temporary thing but donot forget they are the ones who sheltered Osama, and yes the famous Kunduz air lift of the devils. Action speaks louder than words, Pakistan is in nobody's side not even their own. This country is heading in a dangerous direction with nukes- we should play our cards very cautiously.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  30. mfx3

    Easier to let us move around their borders now that they don't have Osama to protect anymore.

    July 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  31. ?

    they already gave the taliban a list of the routes

    July 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
    • escher7

      Yes the road is really secret.

      July 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  32. tap tap tap

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

    July 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  33. Peter Luke

    I have read with interest the thesis presented in this forum that "small is beautiful". Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. I concur with this approach and with economic background find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. Even the CIA/Mossad were not able to stop it.

    July 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • OurDogPakistan

      mohammed is that your mama doing ulululululululululul?

      July 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  34. rk

    I am she male from Pune India

    July 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • rk

      poor little black paki beggar...always hiding behind anothe name....always begging...always a failure...always spewing madrassa lines...hahahhahahahaa.....HUMILIATE URSELF.....THATS WHAT PAKIS DO......

      July 3, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  35. rk

    pakis begging bowl empty...with no aid and with daily humiliation on world stage..not to speak of the weekly missile strikes on paki soil...no wonder the pakis opened up...they openup whenver they need their bowl to be filled.......poor pakis ..their airspace was used all the time for moving nato supplies..and dumb paki public were not even told that by their beggar puppet govt...pak is now owned by USA...go USA....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • rk

      I am a hindu and gandhi abused me when i was little

      July 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
      • escher7

        Someone abused you – banging your head against the wall no doubt.hahahahahahah

        July 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
      • rk

        hahahhaa...poor little pedo worshipping pakis posting inbred lame comments...continue...hahahhahaa...

        July 3, 2012 at 10:46 am |
      • rk

        poor little black paki...forgot its heshe name.....too ashamed to use own name.....crawl back into ur cesspit...go on......

        July 3, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  36. Quigley

    Will anyone here kindly tell just how did the U.S. pay Pakistan to reopen it's routes to the U.S. military? I see that the Pakistanis finally sold out to U.S. interests and now the bureaucrats in Washington are as happy as a bunch of larks in a tree!!!

    July 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • rk

      you she male also like rk? moo moo . India zindabad

      July 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
      • rk

        poor paki piggies...crossdressing pedo worshiping loser pakis...getttin rained with missiles..they run like little he-she s...hahhaahahahah

        July 3, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Dave Sanford

      It's probably not an outrageous amount of money. Maybe $2 or $3 billion. That means nothing in the US, but goes a long way in Pakistan.

      July 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  37. 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.

    July 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • rk

      pakbegistan...gateway to obivion

      with pak getting encircled by india all around and getting hounded by missiles strikes from the sky...pakis are on their way off the map....they already lost a big part when india cut off bangladesh frompak...now with india all around...pakis are crushed by the regional power India...pakis have no option but to disappaer and become a flat parking lot....pakis gettting daily humiliations by the USA ..now poor pakis opened up their roads ...begging bowl empty..?? ...hahahhahaa

      July 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
      • rk

        Please feed me i am in india and jobless

        July 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
      • escher7

        You are American white trash and obviously brainless.hahahahahahah

        July 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • rk

      PAK GATEWAY TO OBLIVION

      WITH INDIA ENCIRCLING PAK ON ALL SIDES..INDIA HAS GREAT ACCESS TO CENTRAL ASIA AND EUROPE...PAK???...WELL..ITS ON ITS WAY OF F THE MAP....HOW LONG CAN IT SURVIVE BY BEGGING AND RUNNING FROM MISSILES...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
      • rk

        Pakistan please send some food to me. i ma hungry in india. very poor

        July 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • OurDogPakistan

      PAKISTAN – A DOG HOUSE.

      July 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • rk

      reprinted???...u mean repeated....with pakis coming up with comments like this..no wonder they get missiles strikes...hahahahaahhah

      July 3, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
  38. Zainab_Pune_India

    Much to the chagrin of Indians, today a new leader has emerged in the region, Pakistan. Pakistan who stood against the might of Americans with connivance of India nad prevailed. There is complete silence and shock in India today over this deal.

    July 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • krm1007 ©™

      Thank you Zainab for your insights. Keep us posted periodically on how the Indians are dealing with this state of shock. We request Uber News Network (UNN) to use their resources in taking the temperature of the Indians and reporting to us on this forum also. Much obliged.
      I might add, that 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 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
      • rk

        HAHAHHA...DUMB PAKI...POSTING UNDER DIFFERENT NAMES...AT LEAST MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT THE SAME>....INBRED TERRORIST FOOLS....HHAHAHHAHHAHAH

        July 2, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • rk

      today..pakis proved that they are a beggars state totally owned by USA... they opened up their nato routes..the paki skies were used all the time ..but the dumb pakis never knew that...with India encircling them all aorund and crushing them..pakis are completely humiliated...pakis blackmailing never prevailed....

      July 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
      • rk

        I am PMSing in India

        July 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
      • oldtimer

        The last time I checked, Pakistan was not encircled by India. What was previously called East Pakistan, maybe , not present Pakistan. Better get ur map down and realize why you failed geography.

        July 3, 2012 at 1:00 am |
      • rk

        poorlittel paki pig pretending to be rk...hahahhahhahahahah..hding in cesspit avoiding missile strikes can make any paki delusional...hahahahhahah

        July 3, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  39. Christiane Campbell

    PAKISTAN !!!! WE LOVE YA....PARTNER !!!!

    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 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      You are absolutely off your rocker ...

      July 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
      • naseem khan

        Mister Jones: Are you safe in your house/ Do you have to stand at check posts every 20 miles? Can you shop without getting scared? Your war you fight. You people have played havoc with the world just so you guys can live a comfortable life and we sacrifice for you. Check yr details of many of my people have died in this so called 'war on terror'. Terror war is rained on us by your countries. You want everything for yourself. Get out from our countries and stay in yours. Mind your business and let us live our life. Before you came we were happy.

        July 3, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • rk

      USA thanking ur osama hiding blackmailing pakis by...hell fire missiles...every day...and an empty begging bowl...thats how US is thanbking u paki beggars...inbred paki..run...drone thanking u...hahahhahaah

      July 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • OurDogPakistan

      Christiane ---- stop kissing mirror dimwit.

      July 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  40. Robert D. Mortensen

    The breaking news is that our partner Pakistan has offered financing to lessen the burden on Americans towards the huge cost of this war with respect to transit logistics. Initial indications are terms of this financing will be US $ 50 Billion, 30 yr amort at world bank rate to Pakistan [minus] 100 basis points. Indeed, very generous of Pakistan. Thank you.

    July 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • rk

      the breakingnews...robert paki...is that the paki blackmailing did not woirk ...and with an empty begging bowl and daily missile strikes..and daily humiliation..the beggar pakis opened up..pakis always open up..when their bowl is empty...hahahaahah

      July 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
      • rk

        i sold my mamta ji for a few rupiahs in bangalore, india

        July 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  41. krm1007 ©™

    We have been saying all along that 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.

    July 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • rk

      pakis opened up when their begging bowl is empty...all blackmailing and beggging for apology...did not work..with empty begging bowl..pakis open up...poor pakis...thats what distinguishes pakis from real countires.....

      July 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
      • rk

        me love to eat cow. me hindu

        July 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  42. 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.

    July 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  43. 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.

    July 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • rk

      their principled stand on blackmailing and begging for apology..thrown out by masters USA...poor pakis...back with begging bowl....they will open anything now...beggars...

      July 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
      • rk

        I am indian and have lost my mind

        July 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  44. 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.

    July 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • rk

      DUMB INBRED PAKI...POSTING SAME COMMENTS..SOME WITH DIFFERENT NAMES.... HAHAHAA...NOT FOOLING ANYONE....NO WONDER THEY ARE NOW ALMOST OFF THE WORLD MAP...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
      • rk

        Mooo moooo. me have steak

        July 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
      • escher7

        You seem to have a deep knowledge if inbred. Comparing them to your family I guess hahahahahah.

        July 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  45. 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. This ain't nothing yet, folks

    July 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • rk

      US and NATO know exact;y the beggar mafia outfit of pakbegistan...its never been a real country like India...which has now encircled pak..all sides...US and India ..two large democracies...crushing beggar pak....now pak is on its way out of map..its gateway to oblivion..hahhahahhha

      July 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
      • rk

        me hindu indian. me hungry. pls feed me food.

        July 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  46. Jason

    It is encouraging to see that the strategy to keep the pressure on Pakistan by withholding the aid money is showing promising results in the right direction. Pakistan's demand for an unconditional apology was completely inappropriate and unreasonable. Pakistani demand for exorbitant fee was tantamount to extortion. It is good that Obama and Panetta kept the pressure on by freezing the aid money, which turned out to be a very good and effective strategy.

    July 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • Albert Fish

      Yes. How dare our puppets not dance to our tune.

      July 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • OurDogPakistan

      What did they do to deserve aid money aka taxpayers $$$, beside making things difficult?

      July 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • rk

      me hindu...you hindu tooooo

      July 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
      • rk

        hahahaa..me real......you..oink..oink..paki piggy....

        July 3, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • naseem khan

      wake up and smell the coffee. The pentagon just asked congress for $30 billion to pay for additional cost of transporting thru central asian states. It was costing US $17500 to ship one container. Moreover an apology is FORTHCOMING soon to rub yr nose in the dirt.

      July 3, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
      • rk

        come out of cesspit and smell fresh air...there is no way ther will be a real apology from top US administrration...keep begging for apologies..even if ther is one it will be some one way down the line...and that too with lots of preconditions....and US is richest nation on planet...do u pakis really think they care that much for ur roads...paki airspace is being used from day one...did u know that paki....

        July 3, 2012 at 10:55 am |

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