Premier Gilani has accurately expressed true sentiments of the Pakistani nation when he warned the militants to either lay down their weapons or face the consequences. The war against extremism is not only war of survival but the success or failure of this war will determine the future of our coming generations. As a nation we need to stand committed to the cause of eradicating the menace of religious extremism from our society. This war cannot be won without support of the masses; we must take the ownership of this war. No country can fight a war on behalf of another nation as all sovereign states strive for their own survival and well-being. This is our war. The insurgency is nearly ended as the militants have lost successive commanders and almost all their sanctuaries have been destroyed. Abandoning this war at this critical juncture would be devastating. -AMMAR ZAFARULLAH, Islamabad, February 10