W ashington: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta while giving an interview to a US television channel has said that the US is fighting its own war in the tribal areas of the Pak-Afghan border region.
Panetta said on Saturday that military safe havens in Pakistan would not be tolerated.
During the interview, theUSdefence secretary without specifying any further said that theUSwould take every possible step to protect its troops.
While reiterating the stance against military safe havens inPakistan’s tribal areas, he said that theUSwould continue to pressurisePakistanto act effectively against the Haqqani network.
He warned that incidents of militants’ cross-border movement betweenPakistanandAfghanistanresulting in attacks that killUStroops stationed inAfghanistanwould not be tolerated in any case.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson while rejecting Panetta’s remarks said that certain complicated matters were being viewed lightly by the US and that the Nato supply route through Pakistan would not be restored without a US apology.