In the long war perspective, where the Taliban momentum continues to increase despite intensified military operations, it can be safely assumed that victory cannot be defined on the basis of how many terrorists have been killed, but how many have undergone an ideological transformation. What is missing in all the latest hotchpotch strategies being applied in Afghanistan is the human element that calls for winning the compassion and keeping the local people, tribes and their traditions at the centre of every policy. For this, both military and political strategies ought to be in perfect harmony with each other in order to devise a clear plan which is largely found missing from the US policy in Afghanistan. This was also highlighted by the US journalist Max Hasting as he quotes Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ; US foreign policy is still dominated by the military, too dependent upon the generals and admirals who lead our overseas commands. This harmony, however, should not be confined to any one nation but should be extended to all those who have for the past decade been teamed together and have to a certain extent dismantled the militant networks. The Pakistan army, with a decade long history of fighting the American war has certainly cleared and holds a huge proportion of land in Fata in an organized manner in accordance with its political and economic conditions that defines their capabilities. The shortcomings and limitations faced by the country is no great secret for the world. An incompetent civilian government thwarts the economic growth that in turn leads to slowing down of progress in developmental programs and projects structured to rebuild the operated areas. Pakistans woes are not entirely indigenous, but are inextricably linked with the critical situation in its surroundings with Afghanistan, a lawless land with an unhindered infiltration of extremists across the border bears great influence due to a shared cultural and linguistic background of the people. The continuous supply of arms from the Afghan border with the US blessing leads to anti-state adventures by separatists. Furthermore, the ease with which various militant groups that have gained access and free space in Afghanistan is a cause of great concern for Pakistan. LUBNA UMAR, Islamabad, January 19.