The newly elected government is trying desperately hard to settle down, but so far, it is under very heavy pressure both at home front as well as abroad. Results of the 18th February elections, have categorically given verdict of an unambiguous expression of peoples will. However, this verdict indicates only a transition from the authoritarian regime and on no account, it could be taken as a transformation from an authoritarian regime to a democratic dispensation. However, this is abundantly clear that these elections indicate a demonstration of the people's maturity and hold promise that in the foreseeable future, public pledges would be honoured. On the other hand, the discarded political order is still struggling hard to regain its supremacy. Despite having faced a humiliating defeat, it is still keeping up appearances and brags of the achievements that it had made during its tenure in the office. Since people have given their clear verdict, we feel that it is no use crying over spilt milk. Viewing things in their real perspective, we see that the incumbent PPP Government is moving cautiously, lest it gets caught in the cobweb of petty intrigues. Nevertheless, some of its statements have caused serious misgivings. Also, some of its actions have given rise to speculation with regard to its commitments to the Charter of Democracy and the Bhurban Declaration. It is an axiomatic truth that the country is currently facing nagging problems and this call for urgent remedial measures. However, the foremost task of the incumbent government seems to do away with previous regime's authoritarian vestiges. With regard to peoples wishes their prime commitment is to ensure reversal of that regime's anti-democratic measures, especially the unprecedented assault on the judiciary. Their next demand is to re-assess Pakistan's relations with the US. The present government's policies on these two counts will determine its success or failure. On the change over of government in Pakistan, the US concern could be evidenced by the desperate haste with which the Bush administration conveyed its misgivings vis--vis Pakistan's commitment to its involvement in "war on terror". So far as Pakistan's position on war on terror is concerned, it is abundantly clear that while Pakistan is desirous of strengthening its relations with the US and rejecting terrorism in all its hues and colours, its new leadership is opposed to the manner in which decision regarding Pakistani role had been made by one individual. Now, hopefully all matters of national interest will be decided, in the democratically elected new sovereign parliament. It will not be amiss to mention here that both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have called upon the Bush administration to distance itself from President Musharraf. Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Senator Joe Biden, has, however, emphasized the need to develop relations which are mutually beneficial. He has also advocated the tripling of US economic assistance as a "democracy bonus". However, views spelt out above, have not been well-received by the White House. It is reportedly planning for greater enmeshing of its cooperation ties with Pakistan. Lately, it has presented eleven fresh demands, just days before the democratic government in Pakistan assumed office. The recent assertion by CIA Chief, Michael Haydon that Al-Qaeda had succeeded in establishing "safe havens is border areas is also an alarming indication of the current thinking in Washington. At the Bucharest NATO Summit held recently, Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop, confirmed that he would soon visit Pakistan to discuss its increased role in the global war on terror. Noted scholar and analyst, Tariq Fatemi reveals that there are reports about US pushing for six joint US-Afghanistan-Pakistan military intelligence centres along tribal belt. In addition, US is presumably planning to four more arms into our tribal areas, after having escalated its unilateral strikes against Al-Qaeda fighters operating in the tribal belt, partly because of the apprehensions that the new leadership might object to the continuation of future strikes. In addition, there are strong indications that the US could go for direct attacks on Fata, in case, President Musharraf is forced to step down. Mr Fatemi, however, believes that instead of lethal strikes targeting Fata, what is needed is a needed is a comprehensive strategy, with a judicious mix of military and civilian measures. Making stock of the prevailing situation, we feel that the open-minded agenda of cooperation in the war on terror has neither served Pakistan's interests nor achieved the US objectives. So, there is an urgent need to re-examine the postulates of our current policy and move away from the current trend of resorting to military operations. We must adopt a multi-faceted approach to address problems. Towards this end, the strategy we intend to evolve, must be discussed and approved by the Parliament. Only then, we can claim that the policy we are evolving is credible and effective.