AS time passes, the US assessment of the Pakistan situation following the conclusion of the Swat peace deal is taking on a gloomier look and one finds top American officials making statements that not only show the Obama Administration's exasperation at Islamabad's attitude towards terrorism but also its disregard of ordinary norms of diplomacy. In this context, the latest observations come from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who, while expressing dissatisfaction at Islamabad's policy of dealing with the threat of militancy, went to the extent of calling upon Pakistanis to raise their voices against the government attitude. She complained that she was not hearing much protests from them and felt that all of them, whether officials, ordinary citizens or residents abroad, should come out against it. Giving her testimony, the first since she took office last January, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, she rang alarm bells in the world capitals saying, "Pakistan poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world". Her fears, as of many other foreign leaders, mostly centre round a scenario that perceives the takeover of the country's reins of government by anti-US militants, who she maintained were within hours of Islamabad. The US Administration's worry about the developing scenario is also evident from the frequent trips of its highest-ranking military official to Pakistan. Chairman US Joint Chiefs Committee Adm Mike Mullen flew into Islamabad again on Wednesday and held meetings with COAS Gen Ashfaq Kayani and other top brass. One wonders that if the US were so much concerned, what inhibits it from delivering to the Pakistan Army the modern equipment that could facilitate the task of tracking down the militants in the tricky tribal terrain. Once again, the Admiral promised to provide the necessary weapons and state-of-the-art technology and once again Pakistan hopes that the USA would deliver. Reportedly, General Kayani asked him to put a stop to the drone attacks that, he stressed, were making counter-terrorism efforts harder to succeed. The US should also pay heed to Senator John Kerry's remarks that underlined the inadequacy of its policy towards "Pakistan (which) is in a moment of peril." Although utterances of foreign leaders might irk us, it would be idle to shut our eyes to the approaching threat from the militants. Even JUI(F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has issued a stern warning about the menace. It is a pity that we have not been able to evolve a well though-out policy to combat terrorism. At this moment of crisis, the people expect that political leaders, from government as well as opposition, to put their heads together and prepare a coherent, comprehensive and co-ordinated strategy to relieve the nation of the mounting worry.