Afghan President Hamid Karzai has shown his animosity to Pakistan in his statement on Thursday that initial investigations into former President Burhanuddin Rabbanis assassination implicated individuals in Quetta. In an interview to an Afghan TV channel, he said that Afghanistan would send a fact-finding team to Pakistan. It is ironic that he should mention Quetta in this context, because this is the city where he spent years living, receiving a stipend from the ISI, in exile during the jihad against the Soviets. However, Mr Karzai should not try to live this down by trying to be more loyal than the king. His remarks were telecast the same day as Pakistan held an all parties conference to express national unity in the face of US accusations which Mr Karzai was merely parroting. His remarks about how Afghanistan might go to the UN seem to reflect the way Pakistan called in the world body to investigate Ms Benazir Bhuttos assassination. Mr Karzai should also avoid attempts to curry favour with India by such negative tactics, because the Indian stay in Afghanistan depends solely on US wishes that it have a role there, and the USA will itself no longer have a role there as soon as it is forced to withdraw. That withdrawal will mean that President Karzai will himself need Pakistani support to survive. He will not win that support by continuing to make baseless accusations. Mr Karzai must not attempt to serve the USA in making remarks which would invite it to take steps he thinks will leave him unscathed. If the USA does attack Pakistan, it will have to do so out of Afghanistan. That will mean that inevitably the locus of the war will be Afghanistan as well as Pakistan. As President of a country already ravaged by decades of war, Mr Karzai cannot contemplate such a prospect with the ease he seems to have while making such intemperate remarks.