U.S. encouraged by Pakistan efforts to go after terrorists
December 12th, 2012
06:31 AM ET

U.S. encouraged by Pakistan efforts to go after terrorists

By Mike Mount

Pakistan is taking steps to try to limit terrorist safe havens inside the lawless western part of that country where various insurgent groups operating in Afghanistan find sanctuary, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Speaking to reporters traveling with him overseas, Panetta said recent meetings between the United States and Pakistan yielded encouraging signs that Pakistan is working on the long-standing problem.

"My sense is that they're in a better place, that they understand their responsibility," Panetta said. "General Kiyani [Pakistan's military chief], in particular, has indicated a willingness to try to put more pressure on the safe havens," Panetta said.

The United States and Pakistan have had a frosty relationship over the past few years during which time Pakistan closed border crossings or supply routes following a series of incidents.

These included U.S. troops firing into Pakistan while chasing insurgents, the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by American special forces in May 2011 in Pakistan, and NATO shelling that killed a number of Pakistani soldiers in November of that same year.

"Actions have to speak louder than words," Panetta said. "I do believe that they are in a better place in the sense that they understand the threat they should deal with."

Pakistani safe havens have harbored terrorist groups like the Haqqani network that operate with almost no impunity in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Haqqani network is blamed for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan as well as conducting numerous terrorist attacks inside Afghanistan. Haqqani forces are able to then move back into Pakistan out of reach of U.S. and Afghan security forces.

Haqqani leadership is thought to be headquartered in Western Pakistan as well as other insurgent groups and financiers for insurgent activity inside Afghanistan.

Elements of the Taliban leadership are also believed to be holed up in the area.

The United States is able to target some of these groups or individuals deep inside Pakistan through CIA drone strikes in coordination with the Pakistan government. But the U.S. military and Afghan forces, by law, are not allowed to conduct operations into Pakistan.

On Monday, the Pentagon released its latest progress report on Afghanistan which noted continued movement of insurgents over the border into Pakistani safe havens, an issue that has complicated efforts to put Afghanistan on a more secure footing.

Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan remains volatile because of the ease of movement by insurgent organizations such as the Haqqani network and other groups, which finance anti-Afghan and coalition operations, according to the report.

"Safe havens in Pakistan persist despite improving ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as better U.S.-Pakistan relations, according to an American defense official who briefed reporters about the report.

The cross-border issue is also a sticking point with the Afghan government for reconciliation with the Taliban and other tribal groups in Afghanistan.

Panetta said the reconciliation process was discussed at meetings with various factions.

"The Pakistani's have indicated that they are willing to try to assist in this effort. Reconciliation is a complicated process." Panetta said. "I think at this point, everyone's sense is that we have to at least make the effort to try to see if we can develop some kind of political solution to this effort."

soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. Raj Kapoor

    With such "Dark Age" culture still in existence in India how can the world be healthy and the neighbors prosperous. India poses a grave danger to the world and its deities and leaders set a bad example. Mahatma Gandhi, a pedophile, needs to be exposed and tried posthumously for his child molestation crimes just like the Penn State crowd Sandusky et al. Gandhi's statutes need to be knocked down everywhere they have been put in USA. The hindu deities need to be shattered and trashed. Disgusting figurines of ugly and scary looking characters with demonic personalities. How can hindu children grow up mentally stable looking at such atrocious representations of evil in its most heinous form.

    December 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  2. Skorpio

    The US should be inspired by the fear and obedience any Muslim cleric draws from their people. These Islamic rats have the power to transform any person into an irrational beast capable of committing the worse atrocities without experiencing any remorse or guilt and to use the masses as weapons to dominate Muslim societies.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  3. Jack

    Elements of the Taliban leadership are believed to be holed up in safe havens in Pakistan. This problem needs to be resolved with or without help from Pakistan.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • Bad Odor Indians ©


      December 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  4. paranoid slave paki

    US drone is pak's national bird
    India threw them out like a turd
    pak is called world's cesspit
    even arabs throw at the pakis nothing but spit...

    December 13, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply


      December 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  5. Jamshed Baloch (NaaPakiAssTan)

    We are peoples of Pakistan,
    We s**k the Americans so Hard,
    But get nothing in return except the DRONES 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 PAKISTANI No Mas.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply


      December 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  6. paranoid slave paki

    poor pakis hav to do whatever their master tells them to do..if US asks them to go after their own then the pakis hav to obey....pakis held upside down by their master US hav no choice....poor beggars ...and to add to their trouble India is all around their cesspit..hhahahahaaa..

    December 13, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply


      December 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply

    I think we need to address the genocide in Indian Occupied Kashmir before the freedom fighters will back off. There will never pe peace in India if this issue is not addressed. It is pretty common sense and does not require a degree from UPENN to figure this out

    December 13, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • paranoid slave paki

      u think..??? since when u inbred paki...??? u cant think...which is why americans are hammering u with missiles to decimate u and put u out of ur miserable existance....NO PAKIS IN THE NEIGBORHOOD of rising nations like Indiai soon....

      December 13, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply


        December 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  8. Samuel

    Strong actions are needed since safe havens in Pakistan persist despite improving ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as better U.S.-Pakistan relations.

    December 13, 2012 at 7:08 am | Reply
    • paranoid slave paki

      relation betwen pak and US is that of slave and master...thats what its been and will be until US puts pakis out of map...now even afghans are spitting on pakis...so pakis end up being slaves of everyone in the region...hahahahaa

      December 13, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  9. krm1007 © ™

    Let us move forward together in tackling the problems facing the world today, in particular economics, trade, terrorism and poverty, that are close to the hearts of both peoples. Together we shall prevail, as we have done in the past while overcoming insurmountable odds. After all, the Americans and Pakistanis share common values and history in the struggle for their Independence and their fight for survival.
    God Speed. "In God We Trust".

    December 13, 2012 at 6:04 am | Reply
    • paranoid slave paki

      joking paki....????pakis are slaves of americans...they hav nothing in common ....why else would US hit u with missiles for overa decade and yet u pakis beg them for help...hhahahhahaaaa......pak is soon gone from planet

      December 13, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  10. krm1007 © ™

    Let us focus on the causes of terrorism and try to fix the issues. They have been hanging out there for over 60 years ...Palestine….Indian Occupied Kashmir where genocide has been ongoing for decades by predominantly hindu Indian army. After all the inspiration of Talibans are also these geo political unresolved issues. Let us focus on the victims of 9/11 and help the families more than we have done. Let us take care of their kids and put them through college. Let us take care of their wives/husbands/parents. Let us take care of over 200,000+ families whose dear ones gave their lives in Pakistan fighting this terror war. Let us focus on the victims in Afghanistan. Let us honor those soldiers from all over the world who sacrificed their lives believing they were fighting for freedom. They are so many.

    December 13, 2012 at 5:58 am | Reply
    • Sudhir Sharma

      Sir Ji.....Bhagwan Ki Kussum it is a pleasure to read your comments. Bhagwan has gifted you with much foresight. Namaskar,

      December 13, 2012 at 6:01 am | Reply
    • paranoid slave paki

      hahhahaaaa...spewing ur madrassa knowledge paki...?? who u fooling...pak is epicenter of world terrroism...US knows it fully which is why it has completely cornered u...u are hit with missiles and US encouraged India to encircle ur cesspit...even ur so called buddy china said nothing...poor pakis .....since pak and terrorism go together....u will soon be pushed out...

      December 13, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
  11. The Optimist

    Pakistan's contention is that Indian Government is financing the terrorists and some segments of Talibans specializing in suicide bombing. These terrorists are in turn massacring the civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the US/NATO forces. US Treasury and CIA alongwith Pakistan Intelligence are following the cash trail left behind by the Indians using cricket gambling as one of the means alongwith the remnant Indian emigres' in East Africa and South America.

    December 13, 2012 at 5:53 am | Reply
  12. Say It As You See It ©

    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 play games.

    December 13, 2012 at 5:51 am | Reply
    • paranoid slave paki

      such intense paranoia ..??? hahahhaaa...pathetic....recent UN report suggested pak to be out of planet by 2030 latest...India is fastest growing nation with high world rankings..its the favorite place for foreign investment...ur attempt ot prove otherwise is pathetic and not supported by facts...on the other hand ur cesspit is least regarded for any investment..ur gdp and export is terror....with US leaving soon pak will be looking to India with their begging bowl....which is why all their ministers are already coming to india with begging bowls one by one...India should make sure it does not encourage these pakis to enter India...especially since every nation on this planet avoids pakis..

      December 13, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply


        December 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  13. Haseeb Rangoonwala

    While most countries are languishing in economic malaise and engulfed in bubble bursts, Pakistan is poised for a record growth in the months and years to come as the western retreat from Afghanistan begins.

    December 13, 2012 at 5:49 am | Reply
    • paranoid slave paki

      while all nations are fast moving towards growth and success...pak is the only state in the region which has bveen going backwards since it was thrown by india 65 yrs ago..even bangladesh and afghan hav better growth data than this cesspit....pak stills survives on begging from US ..the same US that hits them with hell fire missiles and redicules them on a daily basis....go figure...!!!!!!!!!!

      December 13, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
      • Bad Odor Indians ©

        INDIAN HINDU ALERT !!!!!

        December 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  14. Jamshed

    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 !!

    December 13, 2012 at 5:48 am | Reply

    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.

    December 13, 2012 at 5:47 am | Reply
  16. Kenny

    Haqqani leadership is headquartered in Western Pakistan as well as other insurgent groups and financiers for terrorists. This place needs to be cleaned up soon!

    December 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • Karl

      Terrorism has no geographical boundaries. Indian Occupied Kashmir, Assam, South India etc are all regional examples

      December 13, 2012 at 5:57 am | Reply
  17. John

    Safe havens in Pakistan persist despite improving ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as better U.S.-Pakistan relations. Something's gotta be done about it.

    December 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  18. Eric

    The Pakistani Haqqani network is blamed for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan as well as conducting numerous terrorist attacks inside Afghanistan.

    December 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  19. Phillip

    It is about time Haqqani network is dealt with a heavy hand rather than being pampered with a loving touch. Terrorists need to be neutralized, not harbored.

    December 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • The Optimist

      Excatly, That is why I am proposing a Marshall Plan for Pakistan.

      December 13, 2012 at 5:55 am | Reply
  20. Mike

    Giving up terrorism would be a very hard thing to do for Pakistan. Mr. Panetta needs to keep the pressure on. They really need to go after those safe havens.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • The Optimist

      Indeed, We need to put a Marshall plan in place for pakistan for all the sacrifices it has made to promote world peace since 1980s

      December 13, 2012 at 5:54 am | Reply
  21. krm1007 ©™

    Hello Sir! good morning Sir! I am Kareem Chamar (son of a shoe maker) from Pakistan. It really smells bad here in Pakistan. We have open gutters, kids poop on sides of the roads, gentlemen urinate, and ppop behind houses, dogs, goats are allowed to poop on streets, but thanks Allah, we have pigs they eat all poops, but it still smells relay bad here in Pakistan

    December 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • George

      Does not all shiet from pakistan flow downhill to ganges in India? So that makes India sewage treatment plant for Pakistan !!! Hmmmm

      December 13, 2012 at 6:06 am | Reply
  22. Nick

    It is good than Pakistan is being pressured to give up terrorism. Only time will tell if they would actually do it.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • George

      Only if a Marshall Plan is put in place for Pakistan. NOT FOR NOTHING !!

      December 13, 2012 at 6:07 am | Reply
  23. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    I wonder if hindu devis PMS?

    December 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • ShankarH

      Kali Maa has PMS. LOL

      December 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        Ooooo Kali, my favorite Hindu Godless, she eats muslims, feed all Paki muslims to Kali, oh yea

        December 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm |

        Seems like you are experienced. Perhaps she ate up your mother? Huh?

        December 13, 2012 at 5:44 am |
  24. General Sharma (Indian General who was slapped by Chinese soldier)

    Here goes....Manmohan SIngh asked me to dig tunnel. Chinese caught me. I p-ssed in my pants. They took my clothes off and asked me to walk to Delhi. I tried to be cute and they slapped and kicked me and sent me back naked. My soldiers ran away scared. On the way I met Taliban Haqqani and he took pity and gave me clothes. My name is General Sharma and I am ashamed to be born an Indian.

    December 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • Lt.Col Brad Beauman

      Heh General....didn't your d–ck freeze enroute?

      December 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
      • General Sharma (Indian General who was slapped by Chinese soldier)

        Yes, that is why my hindini wife getting banged by my Nepalese gardner and then the cook many times a day.

        December 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • General Sharma (Indian General who was slapped by Chinese soldier)

        My cook is from Bangladesh

        December 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  25. General Sharma (Indian General who was slapped by Chinese soldier)

    One sign of a good soldier is he admits to his weaknesses. I want to admit to mine. I was really scared when Mumbai was taken over by invaders.I put my head between my wife's brea-ts (though small) and enjoyed the warmth, felt safe and fell asleep. I woke up after the gunbattle was over.

    December 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • Lt.Col Brad Beauman

      Shame on you coward. I refuse to stand next to any Indian soldier. You should be ashamed of yourself. Did you su-k on your wife's ni--pples...btw?

      December 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
      • Mohamed

        Pakistani soldiers can not do that because they are always in same se_x relationships. Even though Mohamed forbids it.

        December 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • lovUSA

      Good one General !!!!! Any more confessions???? LOl

      December 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      I am speechless general Sharma and ashamed of being a hindu. Did you also pee in your dhoti????

      December 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • Joe P

      So tell us how and why did the Chinese slap you?

      December 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
      • General Sharma (Indian General who was slapped by Chinese soldier)

        I will Joe, chap. Stay tuned. Just going to check on my wife. I think that hindini is having an affair with my Nepalese gardner.

        December 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
      • Mohamed

        No Mohammed has agreed to share Aisha with Osama bin Laden. Both are doing her – taking turn. She is enjoying it though.

        December 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
      • Mohamed

        Yeah. Both Mo and OBL are doing Aisha five times a day. That's the kind of prayer Koran ordered.

        December 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Mohamed

      Pakistan's father of the nation OBL was found hiding behind his wife. Was that Pakistan's most brave, spiritual leader?

      December 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply
      • Lt.Col Brad Beauman

        Yes. OBL was indeed the best Pakistani ever. He was not really hiding behind his wife – he typically sat down to take a leak. Pakistan is very proud of him.

        December 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Lt.Col Brad Beauman

      Of course. Pakistan is very proud of all its terrorists. You will always find Pakistanis bragging about their terrorists. That is all they have to brag about. Of course they are proud of those Pakistani terrorists sent to Mumbai too. Just like Pakistanis are truly proud of Bin Laden. They worship him more than Allah and Mohammed.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  26. Jack

    The US was encouraged by Pakistan's agreement to go after the safe havens. And Pakistan was encouraged by the US drones.

    December 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  27. General Sharma (Indian General who was slapped by Chinese soldier)

    Pakistan has the capability of spinning on a dime.

    December 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • Mohamed

      And that dime was donated by the US to Pakistan as a part of the aid package.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
      • Lt.Col Brad Beauman

        No, to produce more nukes for the 3 second stargey to reduce india to dust !!!!! LMFAO.....HOOYAH !!!!!

        December 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
      • Mohamed

        That dime is in a Swiss bank account now which is held by one of those corrupt generals. Instead, Pakistanis bought cheap stuff from the Chinese for a penny, which was also borrowed from IMF.

        December 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  28. ShahNawaz Ansari

    Pakistan has tremendous potential and everyone knows it except the Pakistanis. A new layer of leadership has to emerge in all avenues to move this country forward.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • Mohamed

      Yes, all Pakistanis can be potential terrorists. Everyone knows that.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  29. LovUSA

    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.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  30. paranoid slave paki

    pakis are such subhumans that other muslim countries spit on them for bringing bad name to islam.....poor pakis....they get spit on by all not just americans....hahhhaa

    December 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  31. Lt.Col Brad Beauman

    PAKISTAN is the @rse of South Asia while Islam represents the worst of what a
    medieval cult can offer. Pakistani culture is a conglomeration of bizarre rituals
    based on inc*st. Pakistani mullahs are live horrific
    characters that incite b@stiality and pedophilic practices and violent and extremist acts on humans such as sacrificial rituals.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  32. ShankarH

    LIPSTICK ON A PIG (Afterall we all Pakistanis love pigs so much): The Story of Pakistan
    There is only so much one can do to make a pig look pretty
    Slapping some lipstick is the epitomy.
    PAKISTAN is mired in sewage and poverty.
    Terrorism Terrorism, Taliban Taliban
    Has done nothing but made the people loathe.
    Lipstick on a Pig is the Pakistan way
    Either nukes will soon blow it away.
    Or an implosion can perhaps ease the sway.
    Split Pakistan into three parts, give Balochistan to the Baloch’s the tribal and ungoverned part to Afghanistan and give other half to India. This will make it governable and manageable and this will generate tremendous economic demand for western nations, be democratically more efficient and easy to manage,
    My name is ShahNawaz and I am ashamed to be a Pakistani.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  33. paranoid slave paki

    pakis being the beggars that they hav been for last 65 yrs when they were thrown out of india, hav to agree to whatever their masters USA tells them to do..now they hav to go after their own kind...poor pakis.....such a pathetic beggar state.!!...

    December 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  34. Joseph McCarthy

    Pakistan needs a Communist Revolution to pull that country out of it's needless civil war and to quit taking orders from Washington D.C.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • Lt.Col Brad Beauman

      I totally agree with that, Joseph. The current Pakistani leaders are far too corrupt to do any good!

      December 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
      • paranoid slave paki

        pak is not a country but a slave of americans...and pak has no leaders..only cowardly beggars....

        December 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
      • Larry

        What makes the biggest difference in any country are its people. Pakistani people bear most of the blame for these problems. People of Pakistan are overwhelmingly Islamists who want to shoot school girls and take their country back to the stone age. Leaders are elected by people. When you have bad people, they will elect bad leaders.

        December 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Seth

      All Pakistan needs is a big nuke kaboom.

      December 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  35. Joseph McCarthy

    What Pakistan needs right now is a Communist(or Maoist) Revolution to pull that country out of the grip of the right-wing thugs in Washington and make some kind of peace with the Taliban to stop this needless civil war. This won't be easy since those Washington bureaucrats never want to give up thing they took no matter how ill begotten! Then they need to work on the national economy.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      You nailed it good, Joseph. Thank you.

      December 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  36. ahmedzai baluchi

    Pakistan has taught USA a big lesson it will never forget. Dont mess with Pakistan.Never has a country stood up to a world power with such bravery. USA has learned a valuable lesson and will try to better relatons with Pakistan and dump India

    December 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • paranoid slave paki

      hahahahaa.....pak taught US a lesson ..?? how..?? by agreeing to go after their own kind..?? by continuing to accept missile strikes on their soil for decades..??? by begging from US even when they humiliate u ..??? u pakis are inbred morons...

      December 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Reply
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