WASHINGTON: US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that while there was no doubt that militants were crossing the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, they were trying to improve border coordination with Pakistan.
Addressing a joint press conference at the Pentagon with the US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, Panetta said that cross border cooperation with Pakistan had been increasing, and that International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General Allen had been meeting with Pakistan Army chief General Parvez Kayani in this regard.
He added that that Dempsey and US Central Command head General Mattis would also be meeting with Kayani.
“Pakistan has taken a positive, visible step in advancing the shared objective of a peaceful Afghanistan. Their decision to open Nato supply lines means a great deal to us,” said the Secretary of Defense.
He added that General Allen hoped Pakistan and the US would work together in identifying militants crossing the border.
India, Pakistan and Afghanistan need to cooperate
"We have always stressed on the importance of India and Pakistan working together to confront issues they face," Panetta said.
He said that he believed there would not be stability in the region unless India, Pakistan and Afghanistan work together against common threats, adding that he has stressed upon Pakistan that terrorism represents a threat to the US and Pakistan, highlighting that many in Pakistan had died as a result of terrorist attacks.
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short time ago, BBC reported that fight has begun between Pakistan and Afghan armed forces near the kunar border area.
the news, has been spread in the local and national media according to which a joint military action is expected within very short span of time,against Taliban in the bordering area from both sides is proved baseless.
Pakistan might have to rethink its strategy in Afghanistan. Islamabad may still have a role to play in areas bordering the Durand line. Beyond there are other forces, the Northern Alliance backed by Uzbekistan, Iran and other neighbours, that don't share Pakistan's agenda.
Here is the link to US Army Journal 2006 Map of Middle East and south Asia:
Terrible times appear to be ahead. Clearly, the US has sold its soul to Indians now the way it earlier did to the Jews. Waiting for peace, Pakistan has been forced into a corner with only two options. One, it turns into a massive slave nation and finally surrender all claims to self-respect. Two, it finds the backbone to prepare with every ounce of its energy for a very long war with its external enemies while playing the game of peace-peace that Americans, Hindus and Jews are experts at playing.
Americans are simply hypocrites
I think that ISAF should fund a big fence or wall along the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent the illegal entry of Afghanis into Pakistan. This would go a long way to securing the border. The US should share its experience of building a big wall along its border with Mexico to keep out illegal Mexicans.
What Panetta/Clinton are saying, AF is equal to Pak and both are financially bankrupt. India wants colonize the region way it has already done Bangladesh. So work with India means barrow money, get water, get power, get petrol also means sell transit rights, projects and minerals to India. Zardari wanted 100BB investment in Pakistan( he was hinting India) but Bombay attack derailed it. India is new strategic partner of US which has been granted rights to AF-PAK and Indian ocean for influence by US. Next when Middle East starts burning with shia-sunni war( Syria is just the start ), AF-Pak will also burn. India wants to be there to enjoy the spoils by extending its sphere of influence to the Middle East. New Axis: US-Israel-India. Please revisit the US Army Journal Map which presents Balochistan, Kurdistan, Shia Arab region, break up of Saudi Arabia, where are about 10% in this process. 73 and 67 wars, armies destroyed so far: Iraq, Libya and Syria. Next Egypt then Iran and Pakistan, game over for muslims as a force. Poor Turkey.
They have to improve their listening capabilities and understand whats in the interest of pakistan as well.
Start with Kashmir , Penneta. Start with Kashmir. Have the courage to start with Kashmir (the oldest UN resolutions are still pending). Have the courage to utter the K word.
[QUOTE]He said that he believed there would not be stability in the region unless India, Pakistan and Afghanistan work together against common threats[/QUOTE]
I like it how he inserts India into the AfPak equation, when India has quite simply, no real stakes in the WOT.