The various statements and the conclusions of the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan revealed nothing that has not been heard before. There was talk of a renewed partnership between Afghanistan and the international community entailing firm mutual commitments in the areas of governance, security, the peace process, economic and social development and regional development..the protection of civilians, strengthening the rule of law and the fight against corruption in all its forms to remain key priorities. The need was also stressed for helping achieve these targets and, for this purpose remaining involved in Afghanistan till a decade after 2014. Only when Germanys Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said that there would be no rush to exit that one of the main purposes of the conference, with serious implications for the region and the peace prospects there, was mentioned: keeping foreign (US) troops stationed in bases in Afghanistan. One can see the same intention in the remark of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who addressing the people of Afghanistan said, We will not leave you alone, you will not be abandoned. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was the only participant who opposed the stationing of troops by the US in the country beyond 2014, pointing out it was in conflict with the aim of achieving stability and security in Afghanistan. A statement issued by the Taliban summed up their view of the conference as, the meeting will further ensnare Afghanistan in the flames of occupation. Secretary Clinton, acknowledging Pakistans crucial role in Afghanistans peace process, regretted its absence from the conference. We could have benefited from Pakistans contribution, she said. Afghan President Hamid Karzai stuck to his thesis of crossborder attacks and later talking to reporters demanded, (Pakistan) close the sanctuaries, arrange a purposeful dialogue with those Taliban who are in Pakistan. And hitting hard at Pakistan, Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna called for the elimination of terrorists safe havens outside Afghanistan. His countrys industry would invest $10 billion in developing mines and setting a steel mill in Afghanistan. On the other hand, Prime Minister Gilani wishes to have good relations with the US provided new rules of engagement are agreed upon. He must ensure that under these rules drone strikes are ruled out. In the meantime, we must persist in the blockage of NATO supplies and the vacation of Shamsi airbase. There is need for firmness. Maulana Fazlur Rehman has pleaded that all other bases in the country which are in occupation of the Americans must also be vacated. The fresh agreement must also ensure that our sovereignty and integrity and due rule in the Afghan peace process is acknowledged and foreign interference in Balochistan and FATA brought to an end.