The whole nation, except those in power, are plunged in deep confusion. People are asking each other what is the real position on Afghan-Pakistan Transit Trade Accord (APTTA)? This confusion worse confounded is not quite unfounded; only two days back, Pakistans Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Faheem and his Afghan counterpart Anwarul Haq Ahady had signed APTTA in Islamabad with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, US Secretary of State Mrs Hillary Clinton and US Special Representative to AFPAK, Richard Holbrooke all present. The event looked somewhat like an imposition on Pakistan, a point duly finessed a lot by the print and electronic media. But going through the sketchy details and explanations on the subject, I think no other person except Prime Minister himself is in a position to satisfactorily explain what the Accord was about. The official position, of course, is that no Accord has been signed as yet and draft of the Record Note agreed upon on this occasion would be first approved by the federal cabinet before it is signed by two countries. But the US Secretary of State has gone ahead and taken the credit for getting this important accord signed while talking to the international media in Kabul. News about signing of the Accord had evoked strong protest from members from the Punjab Assembly, both on Monday and Tuesday. After some hard-hitting criticism from members, the provincial Finance Minister Tanveer Ashraf Kaira told the House that ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan had only signed a Record Note and the Accord is to be signed after taking the Parliament into confidence. So we are where we were. The rulers have bowed once again to the will of Washington and forgot once again to take us, the people, into confidence. And they are not too bothered that along the way, they have exposed the country to high security risks. -KHALID I. KHAN, Lahore, July 21.