Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif spoke plainly to reaffirm his resolve against militancy, stating “Failure is not an option”. While on a visit to the Interior Ministry on Friday, which came the day after he visited ISI HQ, the PM seemed committed to just reassuring the intelligence and bureaucracy of his confidence in them, after the bashing of the Abbotabad Commission report. He may also have been trying to lay to rest fears that the civilian government was underestimating the challenge of militancy, when it proposed talks, rather than agreeing with the “surgical strikes” approach the military has been reported to favour. Between gathering support for a National Security Policy and zigzagging between conflicting dates, an uncertain guest list and the nature of the document to be proposed, the PM’s team is looking a bit unsure about what exactly they will deliver at the All-Parties Conference. In this context, the numerous briefings he has recently received, appear to have slowed him down, rather than bolstred his confidence. No more talk of “negotiations” with the Taliban have been heard, but neither have any confident announcements of being close to structuring a comprehensive security policy.The Interior Ministry has been instructed to finalise the anti-terrorism and anti-extremism policy in consultation with the provinces at the earliest. One wonders whether such directions were necessary for a seemingly energetic Interior Minister, or whether these are just statements made to pass time, while the announced date of 12 July for the APC has come and gone. While the PM was being told of a draft for the “National Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Extremism Policy”, prepared by the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA), he himself emphasized that coordination among the law enforcing agencies, both civil and military, as well as the armed forces would be key to success.This is yet another investment of public confidence in the system, which assumes that only coordination is lacking – and does not address the fact that there is no clear policy on which to base this coordination. The preparations for the security policy apart, but this should not be the only reason why the Prime Minister should pay attention to the work of the Ministry. To take just one example, it supervises the FIA, which is an extremely crucial institution. At the same time, the Ministry will play an important role in enabling the federal government to maintain law and order in the country. But the more worried Mian Nawaz looks, the less confidence anyone has even he knows what his plan is.