Pentagon says US-Pakistan relationship ‘settling’ despite setbacks

Pentagon spokesman George Little said at a news briefing Tuesday that discussions are continuing and the Pentagon is hopeful the routes will be re-opened in the near future.

“The relationship is settling, and even though we've been through a rocky period, we can get through it,” Little said.

Tensions between the two countries had already been on the rise last year after a U.S. Navy Seal team entered Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden, but it was the November attack that prompted the shutdown of supply lines. 

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The Obama administration on Monday offered a $10 million payment for information leading to the arrest of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed for his alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Saeed is the founder of the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, which the United States considers a terrorist organization. He denies involvement in the Mumbai attacks, according to The Associated Press.

The AP reported that anti-Americanism in Pakistan has hampered efforts to restore NATO supply lines, as Pakistani lawmakers do not want to be seen as helping Washington.

Saeed told the AP that the bounty on him from the United States is retaliation for his demonstrations against re-opening the NATO supply lines in Pakistan.