ALTHOUGH British Prime Minister Gordon Browns charge that the two-thirds of terrorist planning was done in Pakistan is far too exaggerated to be true, the growing menace of extremism in the country is a moment of serious reflection for the leadership and speedy action. Speaking to Al-Jazeera TV, Mr Brown maintained that Al-Qaeda operating from Pakistani soil had a hand in whatever was in evidence in Afghanistan in terms of militancy. He conveniently forgot that, according to the admission of NATO forces stationed there, 70 percent of the country was out of bounds for them and was under the control of anti-occupation resistance elements. By what logic then he could be visualising that that area to be inactive in planning and executing acts of terrorism within Afghanistan and outside and throwing the blame on Pakistan is not understandable. Mr Browns statement comes in the backdrop of arrests of 11 students alleged to be Pakistani nationals on valid visa to Britain in pursuit of an intelligence report that a plot to commit terrorist acts in northern England was being hatched by them. That also led the British Prime Minister to take a cue from the US mantra of do more and demand that Islamabad ought to be doing more to root out the scourge. High Commissioner Wajid Shamul Hasan, however, accused the UK authorities of being negligent in carrying out security checks and blamed them for turning down Pakistans offer of help in doing background security checks of students coming from the country. Islamabad was doing all it could, he insisted, in containing terrorism and it was Britain that needed to tighten security. Meanwhile, the Taliban in Bajaur are freely calling the shots and have picked up the courage to enforce their brand of Islam, which poses a serious challenge to the writ of the state. At the same time, it provides justification to outsiders to blame Pakistan for exporting terrorism. Bajaur Taliban chief Maulvi Faqir Muhammad has imposed ban on the shaving of beards, bear headedness of males and the working of NGOs in the area. He has also warned that due punishment would be awarded even to those receiving or helping to receive grants under the Benazir Income Support Programme and securing national identity cards for women. This indeed is an alarming situation and says a lot about the spread of religious extremism, which is a step towards its militant exposition. If the governments cherished scheme (BISP) to lessen the rigours of poverty is being openly challenged, it is time to take serious note of these radical edicts.