After facing a prolonged threat of the growing militancy, moderate tribesmen have started challenging the Taliban by raising their own traditional militias, called lashkars since September this year. Recently, Asfandyar Wali Khan, leader of the Awami National Party, who himself survived a suicide attack said in relation to lashkars, "It will be the people versus the Taliban." It is notable that some western and our political analysts are manipulating the formation of tribal lashkars saying that the tribal elders are risking reprisals from the militants like the suicide strike of October 10 when more than 100 tribesmen were killed in Orakzai Agency. There is an appropriate logic behind raising lashkars, which is not a permanent phenomenon, but a temporary arrangement indigenously made with the help of political agents to serve the public interest. These traditional groups have no political agenda as the lashkar people will disintegrate and start their routine life when the threat of the militants is over. It is of particular attention that India has established more than 200 foreign offices and training camps in Afghanistan where RAW's intelligence officials with the help of Khad and tactical support of CIA are doing their utmost to destabilise Pakistan by sending weapons to the insurgents of FATA regions. In Afghanistan, a religious madrassa of the Indian Muslim clerics is also functioning under the patronage of RAW and Mossad. Thus more than 20,000 ideologically motivated terrorists are intermittently being infiltrated into troubled spots of NWFP. Posing as volunteers, they join the Taliban militants to fight against Pakistan's security forces as well as the peace-loving Pushtoons. These miscreants also conducted a number of suicide attacks and bomb blasts in Pakistan, killing many innocent persons and personnel of the security forces. In Kurram Agency, RAW's Afghan agents are also actively involved in the sectarian conflict. However, their main plot is to create chaos in our country, especially in the tribal regions. It is a good indication that taking cognisance of the ongoing internal and external crises, despite differences, our Parliament has taken a united stand by passing the recent resolution which calls for an "urgent review of the national security strategy" in order to bring peace and give primacy to dialogue. On October 25, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, while endorsing anti-terror resolution of the Parliament stated that terrorism "has to be addressed with the help of the people of Pakistan." There is no doubt that unity between our civil and military leadership is essential at this critical hour in wake of intermittent missile strikes by the US drones on the tribal areas, massacring more than 100 people in the past 12 weeks. America's main aim behind is to thwart the revival of the government's peace process with the tribal militants. In this regard, peace through lashkars cannot be seen in isolation. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani clearly pointed out on October 26 that strikes by the US planes were hurting Pakistan's cause of fighting terrorism, and were indirectly helping the Taliban. He further elaborated that the government was "disassociating the peace-loving tribesmen from the militants" and was "encouraging tribesmen to form lashkars" against the Taliban. In this context, success of the lashkars led by tribal maliks (tribal lords) is already evident as after clashes, they have flushed out the Taliban from various areas like Landi Kotal, Khyber, Dir etc. These armed tribal volunteers have been demolishing the houses of Taliban at many places. A renowned political thinker, Morgenthau remarks that sometimes politicians have to "choose between the lesser and the greater evils" in accordance with "the circumstances of time and place." Although the government has been implementing a multi-prone strategy in coping with the Taliban militants backed by the external elements, yet encouraging the lashkars is also a necessary evil, while there is already logic behind these lashkars, being part of tribal traditions. The writer is a foreign affairs analyst Email: sajjad_logic@yahoo.com