PAKISTAN's role in the War on Terror has been crucial and victory without Islamabad's support cannot be guaranteed. Maybe it was because of this very factor that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a statement that questioned the wisdom of the Afghan President's threat of crossborder action in which he vowed to wipe out Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan. This should help assuage to an extent the passions running high on both sides. But while she has rightly called for cooperation between the two countries, the role of her government has been far from satisfactory. It is unfortunate that despite Islamabad extending all its support, the US has constantly bombed our tribal areas. A missile attack by the US-led coalition forces on June 11 killed nine of our security personnel. Moreover, it is widely known that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is only a mouthpiece of the US. Even if one rules out the possibility that he is a docile puppet in the hands of American masters and ignores his aggressive remarks, reports coming out of the Pentagon and other American power circles seem to suggest that Pakistan's territorial sovereignty could be easily infringed on the ground that the tribal belt constitutes a real threat to the US.