ALTHOUGH apparently an unbelievable report of a combined Indo-US threat to Pakistan, "take action or face action", Islamabad should trust neither of the two: one a sworn enemy out to do it harm on any pretext and the other an ally that is only befriending it to secure its vital strategic cooperation in the War On Terror. The idea behind the threat is to drive Islamabad to launch a crackdown, without any regard for innocent civilian lives and the severe backlash that it would provoke. In that the US objective coincide with India's. The Pakistan government should, therefore, be prepared for the worst, while intensifying diplomatic efforts to bring home to the world's influential powers that the evidence New Delhi is bandying about has little substance to establish any link of the Mumbai terrorists with it. India, instead of furnishing concrete evidence to Pakistan, has launched a propaganda blitz to accuse Pakistan and demanded the custody of some individuals it has asked for on several past occasions because it thinks they are engaged in conspiring against it. It is unlikely, though, that the world could risk the eruption of hostilities between the two nuclear countries for fear of horrendous consequences not only to the region but also much beyond and a blow to the anti-terrorism policy. Similarly, a financial squeeze and the epithet of 'state sponsoring terrorism' on Pakistan would prove counterproductive. Besides, evidence is now emerging of the involvement of homegrown militants in the Mumbai attacks and glaring negligence of the security forces, which had apprehended in February an alleged terrorist of Indian origin in possession of maps of the city with locations of the sites attacked and yet taken the matter lightly. According to another report carried by Hindu, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh adopted "a measured tone" and said that India expected the world community to recognise that terrorism "anywhere and everywhere" was a threat to world peace and perpetrators of the crime ought to be brought to book, adding that he would wait for Pakistan's response to India's demarche on the Mumbai incident before showing any reaction. The sooner New Delhi stops blaming Islamabad for any act of terrorism in the country and removes the causes of discontent of its people the better for the world and, indeed, for the anti-terrorism cause. By putting the blame on outside forces, it seems to be wishing away the umpteen militant and extremist groups of all hues, which are actively engaged in promoting their agendas.