GIVEN India's growing political clout on the global stage, its hegemonic designs in the region and the widespread perception of Pakistan's less than satisfactory role in suppressing militancy, no military strategist would have ruled out action, howsoever limited, by the Indian Air Force on targets in Pakistan, following its accusations of involvement of elements from its side in the Mumbai terrorist acts. The world would not have gone beyond mild expressions of regrets, counselling New Delhi restraint from any more forays and pressurising Islamabad not to retaliate. Therefore, the CNN news, based on information collected from US military officials, revealing that India was poised to launch air raids, sounds quite plausible. And, similarly, the report of US efforts to dissuade India from embarking on this hazardous venture, must be correct. New Delhi's foolhardiness would, automatically, have occasioned the diversion of the Pakistan armed forces' attention from the western front to the eastern, seriously undermining the American planning to shift focus from Iraq to the Afghan arena. Prime Minister Yousaf Reza Gilani's observation that though Pakistan does not have hostile designs against any country, it would give a matching response if attacked, shows that the political leadership was equally alive to the danger. President Asif Zardari's reaction that Indian violation of our airspace was a "technical incursion" had created the impression of a disconnect between the political leadership and the Army high command. Such a disconnect would prove counterproductive and must be avoided at all costs. And so would be war hysteria, but we must keep our power dry. Thus, Mr Zardari's and Mr Gilani's statements, that no further air violations would be tolerated, has come at the right time when Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee is trying to pressurise Pakistan with the demand of 'action' rather than 'words'. Senator John Kerry, who conveyed to President Zardari US President-elect Barack Obama's assurance that the US would help Pakistan combat terrorism, would do well to take note of President Zardari's complaint that India was continuing to level allegations without furnishing any evidence. Before urging Islamabad to cooperate with India, Senator Kerry would ask himself (and so should other US politicians and US media, mechanically showing a positive reaction to India's charges against Pakistan) how he expected it to extend cooperation without any basis to proceed on. Although Islamabad has already moved to ban jehadi outfits and apprehend their leaders mandated by the UNSC, world leaders, genuinely interested in seeing calm return to the Subcontinent, must make sure that instead of indulging in a propaganda blitz against Pakistan, India comes forward with credible evidence for it work on.