In the backdrop of the long war, where the Taliban momentum continues to increase despite the increased military operations, it can safely be assumed that victory cannot be defined on the basis of how many terrorists have been killed, but how many have undergone an ideological transformation. What is missing in all the latest hotchpotch strategies being applied in Afghanistan is the human element that calls for winning the hearts and minds of the locals and keeping the tribes and their traditions at the centre of every policy. For this both military and political strategies ought to be in perfect harmony with each other in order to delineate a clear plan which is largely found missing from the severely militarized US policy in Afghanistan also highlighted by the US journalist Max Hasting as he quotes Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; US foreign policy is still dominated by the military, too dependent upon the generals and admirals who lead our overseas commands. This harmony, however, should not be confined to any one nation but should be extended to all those who have for the past decade been teamed together and have to a certain extent dismantled the militant networking, thus giving them severe setbacks. Any form of distrust between the allies would, as a consequences, be instrumental in further empowering the networks such as the case with the relationship between the US and its key ally Pakistan. The Pakistan army, with a decade long history of fighting the American war has certainly cleared and holds a huge proportion of land in Fata in an organized manner in accordance to its political and economic conditions that defines their capabilities. The shortcoming and limitations faced by the country is no big secret for the world. An incompetent civilian government thwarts the economic growth that in turn leads to slowing down of progress in developmental programs and projects structured to rebuild the operated areas. Pakistans woes are not entirely indigenous, but are inextricably linked with the critical situation in its surroundings with Afghanistan, a lawless land with an unhindered infiltration of extremists across the border bears great influence due to a shared cultural and linguistic background of the people. The continuous supply of arms from the Afghan border with the US blessing can be exemplified by the recent capture of Shazain Bugti while he roamed freely in a convoy of sixteen heavily armed vehicles which posed great problems for the Pakistani authorities as he threatened to use the US influence that was evidently providing back up support to his anti-state adventures. Furthermore, the ease with which various militant groups gain access and free space in Afghanistan that allows them the liberty to operate in Pakistan is a great cause of concern for us. LUBNA UMAR, Islamabad, January 1.