WASHINGTON, June 7 Pakistan's ambassador to the
United States branded as "unhelpful" U.S. Defense Secretary Leon
Panetta's latest stab at Islamabad's failure to tackle militant
safe havens, saying it would make it harder for the two
countries to narrow their differences.
Panetta, speaking in Kabul on Thursday, said the United
States was reaching the limits of its patience with Pakistan
because of the safe havens the country offered to insurgents
fighting in neighboring Afghanistan.
"It adds an unhelpful twist to the process and leaves little
oxygen for those of us seeking to break a stalemate," Pakistan's
envoy, Sherry Rehman, said in a statement.
(Reporting By Missy Ryan; Writing by Phil Stewart; Editing by