US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appreciated Pakistan's commitment to fighting terrorism, which she believes has permeated the entire government, but not without alleging that the masterminds of 9/11 and the Mumbai carnage are hiding in the restive tribal areas. It was disturbing to find her making the observation during her visit to India, the first ever after assuming her current assignment this January. Talking to journalists in New Delhi on Sunday, she said the United States was watching and expecting that those who had launched attacks in India's commercial capital would meet their 'day of reckoning'. The Foreign Office readily rejected the allegations and insisted that the perpetrators of the two terror strikes were hiding in Afghanistan. There is no disputing Ms Clinton's argument that terrorism was a global threat and every country should stand up to defeat the menace. Though she argued that Islamabad was genuinely committed to the effort, her comment that the fight against terrorism was not only the responsibility of India, the United States or Europe, indicates that despite its active involvement in the War on Terror, doubts persist about Pakistan's sincerity. There has been a failure on the part of the successive governments to convince the US and its allies in Europe that since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Pakistan has suffered the gravest fallout of the conflict across the Durand Line. Thousands of innocent people have been killed in suicide bombings and terrorist activities carried out by the elements infiltrating our soil from Afghanistan. It would be unfair for the Obama Administration to press Pakistan to 'do more' while ignoring the failures of the Karzai Administration in combating militancy in Afghanistan. Ms Clinton must keep in mind that her government's hideous policy of appeasing India and blaming Pakistan would create difficulties for it in making a realistic assessment of the situation.