WASHINGTON: - While Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other U.S. officials have been saying that there is no cause for alarm over the situation in Pakistan, a major American newspaper Sunday carried an article by an Indian writer who claimed the country faced an "existential crisis" Sumit Ganguly, a known Pakistan-hater, wrote in The Washington Post, "Today's ongoing crisis -- marked by a rash of suicide bombings, the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto last December, inflation as high as 25 percent and a resurgent Taliban movement -- could spell doom for the Pakistani state itself." "Yes," he added, "I am ethnically an Indian, but I am a U.S. citizen and harbour no animosity toward Pakistan or its citizens. After spending so much time studying the place, I've grown rather fond of it. But I worry that many Pakistanis -- and Americans, for that matter -- don't want to hear the bad news," But observers say that keeping his track record, Ganguly's deep-seated prejudice against Pakistan always come out of his writings loud and clear. Ganguly wrote, "We need a stern, serious international effort -- led by the United States -- to put Pakistan back together again, reform its institutions and reorder its priorities. If not, we will face a terrifying prospect: Pakistan's collapse (slow or otherwise) into a full-blown failed state, armed with nuclear weapons, riven by ethnic tensions, suffused with resentment and zealotry, and with roving bands of Taliban sympathizers and bin Ladenists in its midst." On the other hand, Secretary Rice said on Fox News channel that a democratic Pakistan is better able to confront extremism as she stressed cooperative efforts with the country instead of becoming alarmed about the challenges facing it. "The positive here is that you have a democratic government in Pakistan ---I do believe that from a democratic government's foundation, it's possible that you could have a situation in which the Pakistani Government is better able now to address the challenges that it's got, particularly on the extremism side, because it has a legitimacy of democracy behind it."   She noted that Pakistan faces dangers from extremism but "It doesn't mean that we don't have to work hard with them on capacity. It doesn't mean that this isn't a very dangerous circumstance." "But what you have to do is work through this with them; not to become alarmed about it, but to work through this with them. And at least you have a democratically elected president that has the legitimacy of that " of that election."   Rice cited President George Bush's meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari in New York last month and said Washington is working with the elected government to overcome challenges facing it including the economic problems.