The Global War On Terror (GWOT) has engulfed Pakistan in its flames and is taking a heavy toll of the armed forces, security personnel, ordinary civilians and the political leadership. Exasperated to find a unified solution to combat the menace of terror attacks, the political dispensation called for an in-camera briefing for both the Houses of the Parliament and invited the leaders of the political parties, governors of the provinces and army chief to attend the briefing, which is to last for a week to ten days. In the first two sessions, the erstwhile Director General Military Operations (DGMO) gave a detailed and graphic update on the army's operations backed by air power where essential, against the miscreants; followed by a question answer session. The crux of the DGMO's presentation was that to succeed against the militancy in the Tribal Areas the army would need full political backing from the Parliament and the people of Pakistan. Unfortunately, from the word go, there were dissensions among the political leadership. One leader from APDM, gave precedence to his "Train March", the aim of which remains unclear; another considered delivering a lecture in Australia to be more important than evolving a resolute strategy to combat terrorism; while a third had pressing business at home, thus he stayed away. The honourable members of the opposition deemed it fit to question the efficacy of the process, indicating that they had not received response to whether President Musharraf had initially permitted the allied forces to strike militants within Pakistan. Some questioned the rationale behind the whole process. It is sad that with only one phase of the briefing having taken place, detractors are sidetracking efforts by the government to meet the challenge of terrorism head on with a concerted effort. Never in the history of Pakistan has any dispensation, civil or martial, taken the initiative of inviting both the Houses of the Parliament to put their heads together to meet this grave peril to the sovereignty of the state through their collective wisdom. The seriousness of some of the members can be gauged, if newspaper reports are to be believed, that despite it being a closed door session, the very first day, some participants at the briefing carried cell phones, contrary to instructions, in violation of the sensitive nature of the briefings and the sanctity of the House, and were providing minute to minute briefings to the media. As if to punctuate the severity of the militancy threat, a suicide bomber struck in Islamabad as legislators gathered for the second day of the special in-camera session of Parliament despite security parameters, patrolling squads of security personnel, strict scrutiny of those entering the capital and the sensitive areas and air surveillance by police helicopters. The current government must be commended for the effort in organising the joint briefing, commencing with a briefing from the army top brass, since it was important that it be accentuated that the army acts under orders from the civilian government and also because it bears the brunt of the attack against the militants. According to information gleaned from the media after the DGMO's briefing, it has been learnt that Pakistan has lost 1,368 troops in the fight since 2001, and the military has killed 2,825 Taliban and terrorists, including 581 foreigners. The threat we are facing is unique since we are fighting an external enemy that has gnawed its way into our homes under various guises, remains faceless and requires a strategy, for which our security personnel were never trained in the first place. The enemy is faceless, strikes with guile, astuteness and treachery, hitherto unknown and affects maximum damage to life and property, leaving a trail of destruction, which perhaps is merciful in causing death. Those that are maimed for life and the ones suffering from trauma are the worst hit. Unfortunately, it is the army and the security forces that have been the primary targets for they are fighting our war. We have crossed the Rubicon of discussing whose war is it? The enemy is within our ranks and if the army can eradicate it, it needs our full backing. The Parliament has to get its act together to discuss the problem at length but waste no further time since with each passing day, the threat looms larger. If the army has to defend us, this time internally, we must be united in our stance and strategy and rise above petty politics for our very survival is at stake. The writer is a political and defence analyst