IS it not a pity that for all the help Islamabad extends, it is only missile attacks on its soil that it gets in return? Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has therefore rightly registered a protest with the US-led NATO forces over the 'senseless' attack on its checkpoint, in which 11 security personnel were killed in Mohmand Agency on Tuesday. Though the Pentagon said that the air strike was legitimate, US Defence Secretary Robert Gate's proposal of a joint investigation on Thursday might make up for the trust deficit. There are different matters that need to be taken up in the probe. The US military has released a video showing that the missile attack was in retaliation to the militants' offensive in that area. That however only reflects the US confusion over the act and is obviously an attempt at facesaving, as those killed in the attack were mainly Pakistani troops. Apart from that, there are reports that the Afghan troops had crossed over into the Pakistani side of the border, which served as the prelude to the US bombardment. Or it could have been a result of poor coordination. All these are the issues that must be looked into. In the meanwhile, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has vowed to avenge the killing of its members, who were killed in the air strike along with the Pakistani troops. This is going to complicate matters for Pakistan, which is now faced with a dual threat of militancy and American military adventurism from Afghanistan. So far, Pakistan's policy of resolving the crisis of militancy through talks has been successful to a degree but it has met with serious opposition from the US, which in a way thinks that Islamabad is providing a safe haven to terrorists in the tribal belt. Just a few days back, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm Mike Mullen expressed fears that the next attack on American soil would come from the Al-Qaeda network based in Pakistan's tribal areas. Add to this the report by Rand Corporation, a leading US think-tank funded by the Pentagon, that Pakistani intelligence agencies were providing sanctuaries to Taliban to launch attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan against the NATO forces. The fact that such a mindset has germinated in US power circles is unfortunate. There should be little doubt that Pakistan is as much against the hardcore terrorists as the US. The US should see to it that attacks of the sort are not allowed to happen again, otherwise Pakistan would be left with no other option except to follow NWFP Chief Minister Haider Khan Hoti's prescription that Islamabad would have to review its policy regarding its support in the War on Terror.