News / Asia

US Losing Patience with Pakistan, Panetta Says

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, right, speaks with U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, center, and General John Allen upon his arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 7, 2012.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, right, speaks with U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, center, and General John Allen upon his arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 7, 2012.
TEXT SIZE - +
Sharon Behn
ISLAMABAD -  During a surprise visit to Afghanistan Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that Washington is running out of patience with neighboring Pakistan, where Taliban, al-Qaida and Haqqani militants have safe havens. 

The defense secretary’s language towards Pakistan was unusually blunt. 

“We are reaching the limits of our patience here,” he declared.

Relations between the Washington and Islamabad have been strained for the last six months. The United States feels Pakistan could do a lot more to shut down insurgent networks that use its territory to plan, direct and conduct cross-border attacks in Afghanistan, killing Afghan and U.S. troops.
 
Panetta’s strong words came barely two weeks after the latest attack against a U.S. base called Salerno, in Afghanistan's Khost province, near the Pakistan border.  Panetta blamed members of the Pakistan-based Haqqani network for the assault.
 
“It’s an intolerable situation, to have those attacking our forces have the convenience of being able to return to a safe haven in Pakistan,” said Panetta.
 
Speaking at a joint news conference at with Afghan Defense Minister General Abdul Rahim Wardak, Panetta said it was extremely important that Pakistan take action against the militants.
 
Pakistan’s government did not immediately react to Panetta’s statements.
 
The secretary made his unannounced trip to Afghanistan Thursday to take stock of the conflict as international forces prepare to start withdrawing troops. But he said peace in Afghanistan would in part depend on Pakistan. “We’ve made it very clear that it’s difficult to secure Afghanistan as long as there is a safe haven for terrorists in Pakistan,” he said.
 
U.S. officials say a recent drone strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region killed al-Qaida’s number two leader, who was hiding there. Pakistan summoned U.S. diplomats to protest the ongoing campaign of drone strikes, saying they violate the country’s sovereignty.
 
Relations between the two countries have been tense since a U.S. airstrike last year killed 24 Pakistani soldiers stationed along the Afghan border. In protest, Pakistan demanded an apology and shut down NATO supply routes through its territory. Foreign troops in Afghanistan now rely more on an exit route through Central Asia in the north of Afghanistan, but it is much more costly.

You May Like

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues

Court gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges but uncertainty remains over election timing More

Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology

Expert tells VOA existing equipment’s maximum operating depth is around 6 kilometers as operation continues on ocean bed for any trace of MH370 More

Open Source Seeds Hit the Market, Raise Awareness

First open source seeds include 29 new varieties of broccoli, celery, kale, quinoa and other vegetables and grains More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
    Next 
by: howmchbscnutak from: usa
June 12, 2012 1:25 PM
Blah Blah Blah,,,,how long are they going to regurgitation the same story line. If this is an ally....wow...where do you go from there.
on another note ..it looks like the "arab spring" is working out as well as" hope and change".


by: Malek Tauqee /Towghi from: USA
June 08, 2012 1:12 AM
On Afghanistan -- and dealing with Pakistan -- Russia also must be taken into full confidence. Dr. Malek Towghi /Tauqee, Liaison, Baloch Human Rights International


by: Anonymous
June 07, 2012 4:16 PM
War in Pakistan is coming soon as the World Powers cannot let numerous terror groups operate with 100% freedom on the ground while the crooked Pakistan government looks the other way!....


by: Qudratullah from: Pak
June 07, 2012 10:45 AM
If a woman cant ground a castrate man he must have one option of losing patience with her


by: Mike from: LA
June 07, 2012 9:25 AM
Panetta is a retard!


by: Terri from: New mexico
June 07, 2012 9:21 AM
Ok, here goes.
America spends 41% of the entire world's defense spending. America is the world heavyweight champion when it comes to the might of its military. An undisputed fact.
America has the ability to go in and wipe out this playground runt. In fact, all the playground runts and those which would run to support them. Even combined they wouldn't stand a chance.
Now I'm not for war, trust me. But as long as we the taxpayers of America are grossely overfunding this ever more expensive military machine which adds enormous amounts daily to our debt.. what difference does it make what this runt says?
If the worry is getting our equipment out from Iraq or Afghanistan when the time comes.. line their borders with fully armed aircraft on standby if needed to provide escort if needed. If an attack is launched, so be it. Respond accordingly.
I'm so sick of the middle east issues and this entire terrorism thing I've come to have the opinion.. do what it takes and shut the door on this mess. Then come home, armed to the teeth since we're spending unreal amounts to do that, and protect America and Americans. Let the rest kill themselves off.


by: sean courtney from: milwaukee
June 07, 2012 9:17 AM
The article heading is somewhat misleading in that the story is as much about our killing of civilians as it is about Pakistan. Also, as a matter of record, we seem, as a public, to be uninterested in the number of 'ordinary person' deaths we are causing in Afghanistan. One of the reasons for that is that we are never told what it actually means to be hit by the kinds of missiles we use.


by: LittleStream from: Phoenix, AZ
June 07, 2012 9:14 AM
I would say its about time we lost patience with our "ally" whom we give millions of dollars to- #1 and #2 killed on their soil. Good grief it certainly takes us a while to wake up!


by: Simba from: USA
June 07, 2012 9:11 AM
US is also loosing patience with it's own inept leaders.


by: Jan from: CA
June 07, 2012 8:45 AM
I think its unfair to lash out at Pakistan and blame Pakistan when the U.S "the Super Power" has failed to secure Afghanistan beyond the Capital Kabul.
Pakistanis have realized that the U.S uses them so they use the U.S.
U.S NEEDS to show sincerity.
you don't bomb friends ,kill their army officers and not even apologize.
Panetta needs to get off his high horse!

Comments page of 2
    Next 

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Messagei
X
Penelope Poulou
April 22, 2014 5:53 PM
Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Message

Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pro-Russian Separatists Plan 'Federalization Referendum' in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say they plan to move forward next month with a referendum vote for greater autonomy, despite the Geneva agreement reached with Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine to end the political conflict. VOA's Brian Padden reports from the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video International Students Learn Film Production in World's Movie Capital

Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Mike O'Sullivan reports that regional universities are also a magnet for students who hope to become producers or directors.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid