On December 30, the NWFP Assembly expressed strong reservations about the military operations that 'are bearing huge losses to lives and properties of the people" and demanded of the government to put a clear-cut policy on war against terror before the public. Most members of the provincial assembly dubbed militants and army as two faces of the same coin. Together, they have put future of the Pukhtun nation in peril, they said. An emotionally charged young parliamentarian, Saqibullah alleged that the hideouts of the militants were in the knowledge of the security forces but they avoided hitting them due to reasons best known to them. Last week, the ruling ANP's information minister also held a press conference to express his government's dissatisfaction with the military operation. Voices from the assembly and government of the NWFP are not unusual nor are the aspersions being cast on the central government. But the doubts being raised about the intentions and ability of the military seem unjustified and totally uncalled for. Since the elected democratic governments have taken over in the provinces and the Centre, the military high command has handed over all the decisive powers to the new administration and is playing a subservient role according to the constitution. It is upon the governments to mobilize political support for the security forces, in which they seem to be failing and instead putting the blame on the military. Secondly the dubbing of military and militants as the two sides of the same coin is highly irresponsible allegation, which the political leadership knows is not justified. The members of the provincial assembly who allege that the military knew the hideouts and avoided targeting them should also take into account the heavy casualties and injuries that the military has suffered itself. The impression within the forces is that the political leadership is not wholeheartedly putting its weight behind the military endeavor against the militants. -ESCHMALL SARDAR, Peshawar, via e-mail, December 31.