The APC was a resounding failure. It was not for seeking peace that all political parties of the country had assembled in Prime Ministers House on Thursday. Some speeches like that of Prime Minister Gilani did make a bold remark: the country could no longer be pressured to 'do more. Such words the nation had heard in their statements and press conferences. At the APC they were expected to formulae a national response to the threat of invasion of Pakistans territory given by the highest ranking military commander and the head of the military establishment of the US. And that should have found a mention in the formal resolution. It was not for 'giving peace a chance, whatever its value in a different context, that they were mandated to put their heads together for. The context demanded that our leaders affirmed, in unequivocal terms, the nations unflinching resolve to defend the country under all circumstances and tell the US that if it ever dared launch an aggression against us, it would not go unpunished. It was expected that the leaders came out openly denouncing the litany of baseless charges levelled against the ISI with the motive of diverting attention from the Americans miserable failure in Afghanistan. They ought to have told the world that the US was trying to make Pakistan a scapegoat for its defeat in the 10-year long fight fought with the most sophisticated war machine against scattered groups of gun-carrying tribesmen charged with the spirit of independence and rank intolerance of foreign occupation of their country. After all, the world was expecting a formal word to that effect from the Pakistani leadership after what Foreign Minister Khar had said at New York and Prime Minister Gilani had told the local media. But the resolution only pleased those who were either scared of the US or wanted only to hush up the matter. COAS General Kayani said at the conference, as quoted by some sources, that the Americans are confused, they dont know what theyre doing. Theyve failed in Afghanistan and they dont have too many options. It should have been reflected in some proper language in the resolution. The drafters of the original resolution, the Foreign Office, showed an utter lack of guts, unless they were acting as mere stenographers, and of the revised one, a total absence of direction. It was unfortunate that some leaders lacked the required focus; perhaps, they failed to rise above their political or personal biases; for it was incomprehensible, given the threatening scenario looming large on the horizon of Pakistan, that any participant would raise doubts that would clearly be supportive of the Mullen-Panetta allegations against the ISI. He was rightly advised by the COAS to wait, adding that he would separately be briefed about the issue. To sum up, it was a sheer disappointment to see our collective leadership, all to a man, digressing from the main issue. The 13-point resolution that the APC put out after long deliberations is simply a waste of paper. The height of our leaders pusillanimity is that the word, US, is not even mentioned.