CHINESE President Hu Jintao has urged President Asif Zardari to take solid measures to root out militancy from the country. China believes that the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, an extremist outfit, is taking shelter in Pakistan's tribal areas and is creating trouble in the Chinese province of Sinkiang, located on the border with Pakistan along the northern areas. Not only that. The worry expressed by Mr Hu that these militants pose a threat to the security of Chinese nationals employed in projects in Pakistan is not out of place, because so far several Chinese engineers have been killed in various terrorist attacks. Given the situation in eastern parts of China, particularly Sinkiang, the concern on the part of Beijing that the militancy in Pakistan is having a spillover effect into China does not seem to be baseless. China has been a sincere and consistent friend that has invariably helped Pakistan through the most difficult and trying circumstances, but it is a pity that we have been found wanting in our duties and obligations. Concurrently, there is Iran that has also started to get concerned about the terrorist threat from our side. Though the blame for the Zahedan bomb blast has been laid on the US and Israel, a finger has been pointed towards Pakistan as well. Iran has as a result tightened its security along the border with Pakistan. However, in the larger context, because of the War on Terror factor, one cannot ignore the reality that Pakistan itself has been placed between a rock and a hard place. There are those who want to destabilize Pakistan amid allegations of foreign involvement in Balochistan, NWFP and the tribal areas. For instance, Prime Minister Gilani has gone public holding India responsible for sparking unrest in parts of Pakistan. The situation demands that foreign powers abstain from their nefarious activities for the common interest of peace and harmony.