While this seems to be the stuff of thriller scripts, it is naivete to ignore that there are intelligence agencies other than ours at work in Pakistan. Their scope of work, their agenda, their numbers, are unknown, but in the recent spate of increased attacks and violence, fingers have been pointed at such agencies helping those working on an anti-state agenda. This is not an inference that all problems and extremist activity is inspired by a foreign hand. On the contrary, the most useful tool for those looking to stir mischief is to aid those already hot in pursuit for it for their own agendas. My enemy’s enemy is my friend, is the old adage that comes to mind. Balochistan, Peshawar and Fata are the most troubled areas in Pakistan. Indigenous movements, the spillover from the Afghan war, long planted seeds of extremism, sown during the first Afghan war, it is a dream scenario for those who would wish to see the Pakistani state dissolve. Simply aiding and encouraging such elements in the face of a helpless government and ineffective security structure is enough to wreak havoc in a country like Pakistan. Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s briefings to the joint sittings of the Parliament on two occasions have indicated the same problem. Private admissions are made without hesitation confirming the Minister’s view. But Pakistan seems content to do nothing and simply use this menace as an opportunity to not only pin every genuine intelligence failure on but also legitimately identified with a helpless shrug of the shoulders. As a first step,  the Interior Minister should make public all documentary proofs and then raise the issue at relevant forums.