AS the US finds itself more and more helpless in the War On Terror in Afghanistan, resorts to indiscriminate bombing of civilians in a bid to turn the corner and Pakistan succumbs to its pressure to take armed action in the tribal belt, the security environment in the region becomes frightening. The suicide bombings in Islamabad and Kabul and a series of explosions in Karachi during the span of a week are reactions from Afghan resistance and those in Pakistan, who either feel strongly for the tragic fate of their kith and kin across the border or have suffered on account of the government's pro-American policies. In the process, countries with a long history of mutual acrimony start accusing each other of the bloody acts committed against them. The Afghan government has joined the Indians in pointing a finger at Islamabad for the explosion near the Indian Embassy at Kabul. Certain circles in Pakistan believe that the explosions at Karachi were, in fact, a reaction to the gory incident at Kabul earlier in the day, indirectly suggesting an Indian, and perhaps Afghan, involvement. There are already strong suspicions of New Delhi's hand in the turmoil in the tribal region as well as Balochistan. The outcome causes further bitterness among these countries. Probably, the reported delay in holding the next round of Indo-Pakistan composite dialogue owes itself to the Kabul incident. Added to this are the US machinations against Iran. There are almost daily warnings of attacks on its nuclear facilities from Israel. Well-informed American columnists report of US funding and encouragement of dissident and ethnic groups in Iran to create trouble in an attempt to bring about a regime change. The current security environment is the region creates a jittery feeling among the politically sensitive people. And when Mr Bush comes along with the observation that for the next President the real challenge would be Pakistan and not Afghanistan or Iraq, it adds an ominous dimension. One hopes that our policymakers are fully conscious of the dangers lying ahead and reviewing our stance to reverse the situation.