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Islamabad Rejects U.S. Charge Over Insurgent Havens


U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. is running out of patience

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. is running out of patience

Pakistan is refuting U.S. comments that Islamabad refuses to do more to eliminate safe havens for insurgents.

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said on June 9 that it "strongly rejects" the remarks.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Pakistan on June 6 that the United States was running out of patience over Islamabad's refusal to do more to eliminate safe havens for insurgents.

Panetta made the remarks during talks with Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak in Kabul.

Panetta said Washington particularly wanted Pakistan to take action against the Haqqani network, a Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked faction that has bases in Pakistan's lawless tribal district of North Waziristan and which has been blamed for some of the deadliest attacks of the 10-year war in Afghanistan.
Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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