THE Afghan capital was shaken by a car bomb explosion outside the Indian embassy Monday morning, which left 41 people dead and 141 injured, damaged many vehicles and turned the nearby shops into rubble. Militants have been seen targeting Afghan and coalition troops since launching an insurgency way back in 2001, mainly in retaliation against attacks on their hideouts and the civilian population. Monday's bombing came on the heels of coalition airstrikes on a wedding party in the eastern part of the country a day before, which killed over two dozen civilians, mostly women and children. The claims of civilian casualties were, as usual, refuted by the Afghan and the US-led coalition officials, despite confirmation by District Governor Hamisha Gul. Two days before this incident, more than a dozen people had also died and a number of others were injured in a similar airstrike in the Nuristan province. As Afghanistan has seen an upsurge in terrorist activities in the recent months, President Hamid Karzai and his administration keep accusing Pakistan of stoking violence in his country. The idea probably is to try to divert the world attention from their failure to establish the writ of the state beyond Kabul despite full military backing of the coalition forces and the huge economic assistance they have received from Western countries over the last several years. The fact that militants struck in the capital, that has been largely spared random bomb attacks, points to the Karzai government further losing control over the situation. The attack on the Indian embassy may again trigger the same old blame game but it will hardly help Kabul contain the deepening resentment among its own people against increasing civilian casualties in coalition airstrikes. Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani rightly hit back at the harangue by Mr Karzai, who recently threatened to send his forces to finish off militants in our territory. Shouldn't he be using them to put his own house in order?