As if the internal hostile forces in the country were not enough to disturb the peace, our self-professed friends the US and its allies currently fighting local resistance in Afghanistan keep making their contribution to the terrorist-related death toll and heightening the sense of insecurity in Pakistan. The brutal deaths of eight civilians, including women and children, in North Waziristan, are the outcome of their latest attempt. Such attacks on Pakistan territory by the NATO forces have happened in the past as well, even in the face of defiance of at least public protests from Islamabad, but the shelling of NATO forces on Thursday assumes an intriguing dimension since it took place on the heels of the reassuring visit of US Vice President Joe Biden to Pakistan. Contrary to the speculation in the American media that a ground operation would soon be launched to target militants hideouts in Pakistan tribal belt, particularly North Waziristan, Mr Biden had given an unambiguous assurance that Pakistans sovereignty would be respected and no military action would be undertaken. The shelling, apart from violating international law, gives a lie to his commitment. There is little doubt left now, in the light of US media reports backed by the disclosures of WikiLeaks, that Islamabad had given its consent to the CIA to carry out drone attacks on Pakistans tribal areas, while it would continue to protest to pacify the local public whenever the drones targeted the so-called terrorist save havens. One wonders whether the instances of shelling also carry the stamp of our governments approval. However, Islamabad reportedly told the US Vice President that it had no intention of sending its forces to North Waziristan and would not like a repeat of the Great Game in Afghanistan. Terrorist attacks within Pakistan, though not committed by the foreign forces present in Afghanistan, are, undoubtedly, a consequence of their aggression against the country. Thus, the responsibility for ruining the peace in our country squarely rests with the US, which sponsored the war and shares the main burden of waging it. And thousands have died in Pakistan due to suicide attacks and bomb explosions by militants. The one in Mohmand Agency on Thursday that killed five persons, including two security personnel, was the latest terrorist act in the country. Our national interest demands the earliest departure of US and other foreign forces from Afghanistan, and a system of governance there based on the aspirations of the people. And for that, there is need for a sincere effort to hold dialogue with all stake-holders in the country, where Pashtuns (the most dour resistance component among the Taliban) are in a majority. Favouring any other ethnic group at the cost of the Pashtuns would neither restore peaceful conditions in the country nor spell an end to militancy.