The raids from the west of remote controlled, unmanned aerial vehicles, bombing FATA and killing people continues. The NATO logistical supplies are being attacked on a massive scale in Peshawar, four times in ten days. Bajaur tribal area and the settled district of Swat are in turmoil. Law and order in the country is worsening, inflation hitting the people hard, poverty and unemployment going up. Pakistan is desperately trying to claim innocence in the gruesome Mumbai terrorist attack. India accuses it of involvement but the list of wanted persons they have furnished is considered by Pakistan insufficient evidence. Demonstrations across India clamour for revenge, Pakistan's crackdown on al Dhawa notwithstanding. The peace process between the two countries, the composite dialogue, confidence-building measures are all in doldrums. To say the least, the emerging picture is demoralising. Indian jets violate the Pakistani air space. Going against the outrage in the people, President Zardari calls the incident "technical intrusions", a phrase he has repeatedly used to describe it. In any case, we have now to think about the Indian jets from the eastern side in addition to the US drones on the western side. Some Pentagon officials have now confirmed a TV channel report that the US stopped India from surgical air strikes. But the compulsion to "do something" continues to hang on the Indian mindset demanding that Pakistan should hand over their suspects in the list provided and dismantle the terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan. The US and Britain sent high level emissaries to the region ostensibly to control tempers. But their statements and writings lean towards India. As a typical example, according to a writing in the Times of India after his visit, Mr Gordon Brown, the British PM, said: "Pakistan needs to act, rapidly and decisively, against the terror networks based on its soil....We sill continue to press for action by Pakistani government until these networks, which threaten us all, are dismantled." Mr Zardari, we should recall, mentioned "non-state actors" after the attack. But Senator John Kerry, the defeated Democratic candidate in the Bush second term re-election, now here on a visit, has absolved the ISI at which fingers were being pointed. Nevertheless, tension between the two countries, both armed with nuclear weapons, persists. The Security Council too has passed a resolution identifying four Pakistani terrorists, including a former head of the ISI. Pakistan suffering from a chronic credibility deficit, they seem to think that India has a case. Where is all this going? At the end of his term, President Bush is being "shoed" off and we do not know what is inside his successor's mind for this region. But nobody expects a drastic change of US policy under Mr Obama. The pressure on Pakistan is thus unlikely to diminish. In a state of disconnect with its people, the present regime in Pakistan is fast losing support in the country. The democratic trappings all exist but there is no substance in this democracy. The hope held out by the February 18 election is all but shattered. The impression that the government is not in control is gaining ground. That Pakistan being a nuclear power has become an obsessive nightmare of the West. You can well guess what that implies. In such an environment, the national morale is falling, something unhelpful for economic revival or national unity. More and more people are falling below the poverty line. A recent study has suggested that in some posh sectors of the capital city, maids are selling their flesh to the employers to make extra money for their families. But don't let this gloom and doom write up get you down. There are happy people. The multinational companies are happy for example because they are maximising profits. The contractors are happy. The legislators, the Cabinets, divorced from reality in their security shells, are happy as well. The national debt is rising, a matter of no concern to those on the binge, enjoying life at the cost of a failing state. If you do not believe this, come to Islamabad where behind the quiet exteriors, people are on a roller coaster of parties, wheeling and dealing in posh drawing rooms or well posted farmhouses in the suburbs. The contractors, businessmen, bureaucrats and politicians rub shoulders with each other in these parties. Those at the fringes, using unspeakable methods to climb socially, are pathetic to watch. An average citizen has no access to justice or an equitable share in national resources. But there is no institution barring perhaps the media to some extent that he can count on for redress. The swinging high life of Isloo is no indication of reality. After all, high society of St Petersburg was in full swing before the Russian revolution in 1917. Same was the case in France before the French revolution when the queen suggested the masses eat cakes if there was no bread. Let us keep our fingers crossed. The writer is a former ambassador at large