Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate who has been very vocal in his various speeches regarding Pakistan to "do more" against the Al-Qaeda-related insurgents in the tribal areas repeatedly said in a threatening tone during his first debate on September 26 that if "Pakistan is unwillingly or unable to act, then we should take them by sending our troops to the safe-havens of FATA." Recently some other election candidates have expressed same views in one way or the other. But we cannot ignore their statements as politically motivated. Even US military and intelligence high officials have also been blaming Pakistan for cross-border terrorism and an increase of militancy in Afghanistan. On September 24, Senator Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee betrayed frustration with Pakistan's failure to eliminate militants' hideouts, suggesting that the government in Islamabad was not doing enough. Pakistan's military troops are presently engaged at several fronts in FATA including the adjoining tribal areas in fighting the militants. Especially at Bajaur and Swat our security forces are facing continuous resistance because of foreign support to the militants. When military operations started on June 29, 2008, from Khyber Agency, PM Gilani stated that there were "several enemies of the country" and "foreign hands were also involved in the acts of terrorism." However, the security forces launched powerful operations in Swat in July and in Bajaur in August, which are still going on successfully in these areas. Apart from other tribal regions, Bajaur has been built into a stronghold of the militants. Located at the crossroad of the tribal belt and also linking Swat, Dir and Afghanistan, it acts as a launching pad of the insurgents to provide reinforcement to other regions. It is mentionable that more than 10,000 Indian troops are stationed in Afghanistan under the guise of supervising the construction of road Jalalabad-Port Chahbahar project that has now been completed. Indian Border Road Organisation (BRO) is being used in facilitating weapons to the anti-Pakistan agents. While, New Delhi has officially declared 14 Indian consulates in Afghanistan, but on ground, has established 200 foreign offices and training camps where RAW's intelligence officials with the help of Khad, are doing their utmost to destabilise Pakistan. Every mercantile shops run by Indians have a clandestine intelligence office. In Wakhan too, a religious madrassa of the Indian Muslim clerics is functioning under the patronage of RAW and Mossad. Very young boys including Afghans, recruits are mostly Uzbeks, Tajiks and Caucasians who also come from Central Asia, bordering Afghanistan. Thus more than 20,000 ideologically motivated terrorists and suicide bombers have been trained in Afghanistan. They have been destroying girl's schools, video shops and other installations including brutal beheading of captured personnel. These miscreants also conducted a number of suicide attacks in Pakistan, killing a number of innocent persons and personnel of the security forces. In this regard, the most devastating suicide attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad on September 20 might be cited as an example. During a military operation in Bajaur, hundreds of Taliban insurgents overran a Pakistani outpost on a strategic hilltop in the Loi Sam area near the supply route commonly used by the militants to aid their comrades, fighting against the Pak troops. On September 26, BBC quoted Maj-Gen Majid pointing out that the Pakistani troops have killed 1,000 Islamic militants in the Bajaur tribal area-including foreign fighters from Egypt, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. In this connection, on July 17, 2008, USA Today wrote: "Afghanistan has been drawing a fresh influx of jihadi fighters from Turkey, Central Asia, Chechnya and the Middle East, one more sign that Al-Qaeda is becoming the most active front of the War On Terror." It is of particular attention that instead of Pakistan, Afghanistan shares a common border with the Asian Republics. Therefore, all the foreign insurgents are entering Pakistan through Afghanistan which has become a gateway in this regard. Even the top leadership of Al-Qaeda is also in Afghanistan along with its headquarter. This fact could be judged from an in-camera interview of Al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Saeed aired on a private TV channel from Afghanistan on July 21, 2008. Without any doubt, it shows that instead of Islamabad, Kabul should "do more" against the new brand of militancy. In this context, first of all it should seal off its border with the Asian Republics from where the foreign fighters enter Afghanistan and reach Pakistan. Moreover, Karzai regime must close all the training camps and Indian consulates which are conspiring against the integrity of Pakistan. In this context, US should better pressurise Afghanistan instead of Pakistan to "do more" against the insurgents. The writer is a foreign affairs analyst. E-mail: