DESPITE Pakistan's persistent attempts at peaceful resolution of the crisis that the Mumbai mayhem has created, the Indians continue to stoke the fires of tension. President Asif Zardari is, therefore, quite justified in seeking the intercession of the world community in sorting things out, and that should incidentally also bring home the point that Islamabad is genuinely desirous of tracking down the culprits. Addressing foreign ambassadors based in Islamabad on Saturday, he called upon the world leaders to take stock of the regional ground realities and the grave challenges Pakistan was facing, both on the western and eastern fronts. Obviously, he wished to underline the fact that should things get out of hand, it would go against not only the peace process in the Subcontinent, but also the interests of nations threatened by the global phenomenon of terrorism. One should, therefore, expect that this realisation would impel influential powers to come forward and intercede with India, compelling it to extend the full cooperation to Pakistan required for the probe rather than blindly pointing a finger at Islamabad at India's instance. There can be little doubt in the President's resolve not to allow Pakistan's territory to be used for the promotion of terrorist designs. In a separate meeting with the Indian ambassador, the President regretted that sincere offers of cooperation, repeatedly made by Islamabad, to untangle the Mumbai knot, had gone unheeded. However, he made it clear to Ambassador Satya Pal Sharma that Pakistan would not succumb to any pressure if that were the Indian intention. In the face of the reality that maintaining the atmosphere of tension could prove counterproductive, one really wonders what India intends to gain by keeping the cauldron boiling. Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's threat that unless Pakistan acted on the evidence his government had furnished, New Delhi would have all options open, should be seen in this light. Quite expectedly, continued provocative remarks like these, ignoring Islamabad's readiness to jointly investigate the incident, prompted Pakistan's military sources to say that India should not make the mistake of taking Pakistan as a Gaza or an Afghanistan. The upshot of this war of words is fear and tension, which go against the grain of peace-loving people who constitute a vast majority in the two countries. At times, one cannot help feeling that behind India's deliberately hawkish observations stands the political compulsion of general elections scheduled for the coming May. One wrong step and the tinderbox could blow up and result in badly burnt fingers to the abiding consternation of everyone in the Subcontinent as well as the whole wide word. One hopes wiser counsels would prevail sooner rather than later.