AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai has threatened to send troops to fight militants in Pakistan, repeating the accusation that most of them come to his country from across the border, which seems to suggest that without outside help the indomitable Afghans would tamely bow before the occupation forces. This is simply an outlandish view. Mr Karazi's statement that Afghanistan has a right to attack militant hideouts inside Pakistan in self-defence was strongly rebuffed by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who warned him that Islamabad would not allow anyone to interfere in its internal affairs. "Such statements will hurt sentiments of the people on both sides of the border rather than normalise relations between the two neighbouring countries", he told journalists while hoping that Mr Karzai's remarks would not re-ignite the blame game he had been indulging in for some time. Mr Karzai and his foreign backers had better keep in mind that statements negating the norms of international diplomacy would not help the ongoing War On Terror. It would rather further complicate the global effort to obliterate terrorism. Even the spokesman of NATO's International Security Assistance Force refused to comment on the President's statement when asked to express his views. There is little doubt that Kabul is trying to shift the responsibility of its failure on to Islamabad. The air strikes in our tribal region that the US-led coalition forces have launched have only tended to outrage the sentiments of the local people and not helped in their mission. A news report indicated that the allied forces' spy planes had increased movements over the tribal region since Tuesday when a checkpost of paramilitary troops was hit by missiles. The latest intrusion took place on Sunday when two helicopter gunships kept hovering over a town in Khyber Agency for some time. Mr Karzai's remarks come at a time when Islamabad is busy negotiating a peace deal with the Mahsud tribe in South Waziristan that is aimed at containing crossborder attacks by militants from this side of the Durand Line. Mr Gilani rightly observed that Islamabad was taking all possible measures to stop militant activity across the Pak-Afghan border. But he will have to do a lot of explaining following reports in the western media indicating that a US military operation jointly being carried out by the Special Boat Service and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment was 'completely sanctioned' by Islamabad. If true, the newly elected government will have to bear the brunt of heightened tribal resentment the decision would result in.