IN the backdrop of India's unabated threatening posture asking Pakistan to either try the accused of the Mumbai shooting incidents, whom it calls culprits, or face the consequences, the ISI chief Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha has adopted a line that must have surprised the world, which has somehow come to regard the intelligence agency he heads as rabidly anti-India and that acts on its own in disregard of government policy. Not a few Pakistanis would also find his judgement about India not being our enemy as strikingly misplaced and wonder what it has done to erase that perception. New Delhi's attitude since the Mumbai tragedy, not to speak of the rankling Kashmir dispute, the stoppage of water and hosts of other hostile acts, should, in fact, be reinforcing the contrary view. However, it was good to hear him tell German paper Der Spiegel in Islamabad on Tuesday, "I report regularly to the President and take orders from him," adding that both he and the COAS wanted the present democratic government to succeed; for, otherwise, the country would come up against lots of problems at home as well as abroad. In this he is absolutely right. Pakistan cannot afford any move at radical change and replacement by an unrepresentative system, especially in view of the prevalent security environment. Besides, the repeated forays of the army into the civilian realm have not allowed the country's democratic forces to take root, rather have saddled the society with innumerable ills. Recourse to this disastrous failing must be eschewed at all costs. Reverting to Indian threats, Gen Pasha did not think there would be war. From across the border, however, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh kept up the tempo of accusations, saying that the attackers "must have had the support of some agencies in Pakistan". Six weeks down the road from the Mumbai tragedy, it is time tempers cooled down to enable both governments to address other pressing issues that have receded in the background amid war cries. To put the Mumbai mania out of the way, New Delhi should provide the evidence it claims to have to Pakistan, fully cooperate with it in the investigation work and positively respond to calls of Information Minister Sherry Rehman and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, demanding access of Pakistan investigators to the sites of the attacks, a pertinent request to get at the bottom of the gory incidents, and concrete evidence of the involvement of elements from the Pakistani side. Mere details of the attacks, as Mr Bashir points out, could not serve the purpose.