The Indian political leadership, government, the army and its press and media, have once again jumped the gun and pointed their finger prematurely towards Pakistan for involvement in the Mumbai Chain terror attacks, fire and shoot-outs, irresponsibly precipitating tension and confrontation rather than acting with caution in order to avert a showdown between inherently uneasy neighbours. Shallowness of the hurried knee-jerk reaction of most Indian luminaries and its media, is already beginning to be exposed within seventy six hours of the occurrence. Conflicting claims and mutual blames by Indian intelligence agencies claiming they had issued warning over the attacks much earlier, has been denied by the Indian Navy, while the former Indian-Occupied Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has ruled out any involvement of the Pakistan Government. The Indian media needs to wake up to the problems which exist at home, rather than cover up for India's own security lapses, distort or try to obscure facts, become part of the intrigue and try to diver attention or shift the blame. Like responsible media, it may not be their job to build undue bridges, but their job it is to report facts rather than engage in spreading premeditated notions, indulge in war mongering, ignite tempers and take sides. Worst still, the smugness of the Indians could easily sabotage and badly hurt American interests, as Pakistan which had so far been a frontline 'ally' against its sinister war thrust upon it much against the wishes of its people, could per force withdraw its troops from its Western borders to face up to the new threat. No wonder that the Pakistan Government had been forced to review its sanguine offer to send its intelligence chief to help investigate the dastard incident. If the Indian prime minister pointing to Karachi as the route to transportation of weaponry and ammunition used in the Mumbai terror attacks, and its foreign minister's diatribe asking Pakistan to remove sanctuaries sourcing terror activities was to be taken seriously, India would need to look for skeletons in its own cupboard. Firstly, it provides comic relief rather than consternation, to note that while the route so hurriedly mapped without a proper probe if taken to be true by any figment of imagination, ought to be attributed to great Indian Intelligence, it only points to inherent contradiction in the script, raising the obvious question as to why then, such sharp intelligence failed to detect or track down the route which such lethal weaponry followed, and allowed it to be brought in and distributed to various key destinations without check by a bunch of outsiders. It either reflects serious flaws in the Indian security apparatus, or inability of the Indian government to identify the seeds of terrorism it has itself sown at home, or still worst, an attempt to cover up its internal maladies and foment trouble with Pakistan yet again. This reminds one, of the infamous Ganga Hijacking which ostensibly triggered a war between the two countries in the sixties, the stage-managed but poorly propagated Indian Parliament attack covered by the Indian electronic media like a well rehearsed out-door sequence of a drama scene, and which nearly caused a bloody confrontation between India and Pakistan as troops on both sides headed for the Line of Control in Kashmir; the Samjhota Express killings and carnage blamed on Pakistan, which was negated by the Indian Court later; the Mumbai blasts earlier, and attack on the Indian Consulate in Kabul, all initially blamed on Pakistan. Little do the players on the regional chessboard realise, that these and several other incidents of terror and carnage, as also the present blame game, have potential germs of a similar misadventure, which could be deadly for this part of the world, sooner than the rest. As to the sanctuaries sourcing terrorism in the region, far more than the drummed up militants from Pakistan into Afghanistan, there is incontrovertible evidence of the direct RAW, RAM and MOSSAD involvement in funding and fanning infiltration, espionage, sabotage and blasts deep inside Pakistan, labelled as Taliban asking for Nifaz-e-Shariah in the country. Pakistan has not pressed the evidence, simply because it did not want to derail the fragile peace process which was already moving with a gingerly pace. Pakistan's foreign minister while being present on the Indian soil, vividly translated the Pakistani resolve in expressing his country's desire to replace confrontation with cooperation, and advised Indian leadership not to play politics over the Mumbai attacks and refrain from the blame game, since our countries were facing a common enemy and required a joint mechanism and strategy to tackle the menace. There was a hidden hand, which had schematically invented and exported terrorism in the shape of its self-created monster of Al-Qaeda, and labelled it as Muslim insurgency. India already for decades facing an internal Muslim backlash due to its own high-headed, biased and myopic policies in dealing with Occupied Kashmir, Indian Gujarat, Assam and Bihar, Naxelites etc readily and gleefully identified itself like an ostrich, with the US chorus on Muslim bashing and for some time, was able to divert the world's attention from its cloak and dagger policies towards Pakistan, little realising that vested overseas forces eyeing its invaluable resources, were hell-bent on destabilising a potentially vibrant region. Instead of working to identify the hidden hand of the common enemy, India has so far played ball to its new found overseas ally which was only momentarily using it to contain the threat of China, a country emerging as the real superpower because of its principled policies of non-interference in the affairs of other nations. But if India insisted on the course it had embarked upon, it would need to look itself in the mirror and understand that in that case, Pakistan would have to carry out attacks inside India and Afghanistan, from where with the help of their intelligence outfits and consulates, the governments in both these countries were carrying out infiltration, espionage and terrorist activities inside Pakistan culminating in killings attributed to Talibanisation of Karachi, as portrayed in his pre-warnings by the MQM chief. This collision course would not only be destructive for both India and Pakistan, but would put the entire region on fire, which is the game plan of their common foe. If countries in this hemisphere were to pause and introspect dispassionately, it is this region and not the West or Europe which has suffered the most after the so-called Nine Eleven. Those crying wolf, have in fact let it loose upon Asian economies, and countries like India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka need to work together to counter foreign incursion, for the sake of peace, mutual cooperation and development. SAARC has so far been a non-starter as against ASEAN, which has played a vibrant role in bringing buoyancy to the economies of its region. SAARC also can play a vital role towards the achievement of this objective for South Asia, wherein Russia and China could be invited to either become part of the fraternity, or at least enjoy Observer status. But this dream can only come to fruition when the huge trust deficit among nations in the region, particularly India and Pakistan, is removed.