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No Deal Reached, Panetta Leaves Pakistan in Failure


CIA chief and likely incoming Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has left Pakistan today after his high profile weekend visit to Pakistan ended with a failure to achieve any concessions from either the nation’s military chief or ISI head.

Panetta arrived in Pakistan on Friday and immediately accused the Zardari government of harboring elements that are secretly colluding with militants. Defense Secretary Robert Gates continued this theme today, expressing regret over sharing information with the country.

As with several other high profile Pakistan visits, Panetta’s was ostensibly aimed at improving ties with the nation, with an undercurrent of issuing new demands to the nation’s military. Officials said Panetta was surprisied at the “rigidity” of Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Parvez Kayani.

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