COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has strongly rebutted Admiral Mike Mullens charge that Pakistan was not doing enough to fight terrorism and lacked clarity on the way forward. The successes Pakistan Army had scored were, he pointed out, a telling proof of its determination to rout out militancy. The General termed the Admirals accusations negative propaganda. As the COAS, visiting Mohmand Agency after a successful military campaign there, told local tribal leaders and Pakistani soldiers on Thursday, our armed forces would act whenever the need arose. Apparently, the stain of failure, no longer in question, of the worlds strongest military might that the US has gathered together in Afghanistan to defeat a ragtag force of local resistance is troubling the head of the American armed forces more than the risk of causing annoyance to a key ally in the war on terror. From his point of view the charge against Pakistan seemed justified because that would enable the US to shift the blame of ISAFs failure to it The visiting Mullen was also on the receiving end of the accusation of operating a spy network in FATA and the demand for its immediate wrapping up, with the military leadership expressing serious concern not only at the spies presence but also the double game they were playing: giving to the US unconfirmed reports of militants hideouts as well as briefing militants about the movement of Pakistani security forces. In this way, they were trying to frustrate our efforts to fight militancy. But the spy network is not the only means the US is using to complicate things for Pakistan. Drones, one of which struck yesterday and killed at least 23, are another. General Kayani raised the issue with Admiral Mullen, rightly maintaining that the drones undermined Pakistans efforts against terrorism and turned the pubic support, which was key to success, against the fight. It is obvious, though, that the US does not care for our concern. The timings of recent drone attacks the very next day of the release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis, soon after ISI Chief General Pashas return from the US where he had gone to meet CIA Director Panetta, and in wake of Admiral Mullens visit tend to bring home the point to the Pakistani authorities that notwithstanding their protests, these lethal sorties will continue. The vacation of Shami airbase from which the drones used to fly would not make any difference. And in the face of this outrageous violation of our territorial sovereignty, Interior Minister Rehman Malik counsels the nation not to make the drones an emotional issue. He should have called for shooting them down in line with the wishes of the entire public. Pakistans refusal to work against its national interest has not gone down well with the US, with the result that strains in bilateral ties have grown with time, overshadowing the both countries repeated assertion of the need to have long-term friendly relations. The existing scenario is enough reason for Islamabad to review the entire gambit of our relations with the US and redirect our focus to China, Muslim countries and other genuine friends in the world.