Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is keeping the pressure on Pakistan, but says the US is reaching its limit of patience to root out the terrorist Haqqani network.Pakistan is doing is not enough.
It was some of the strongest language used by a US official to describe the strained ties between Washington and Islamabad.
Panetta spoke after talks with Afghan Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak on the latest leg of an Asian tour that has taken him to Pakistan's arch-rival India, but not Islamabad in a sign of how tense US-Pakistan relations are.
Afghan and US officials have blamed the Haqqani network for some of the deadliest attacks of the 10-year war, including last year's attack against the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul.
Pakistan’s military has lost more than 3,000 security personnel in the fight against terrorism. Such sacrifices are often overshadowed in the U.S., where the media (rightly) focus on Pakistan’s lack of action against groups like the Haqqani network that targets U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Mr. Panetta arrived a day after a suicide attack in Kandahar City killed 23 Afghan civilians, a suicide bombing in Faryab in the north of the country, which is usually peaceful, and the NATO airstrike that Afghan officials said had killed 18 villagers including women and children in eastern Afghanistan.