FOREIGN Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi got it right when he said that the Obama Administration's new policy towards Pakistan and Afghanistan, known as AfPak, bore testimony to the fact that the previous strategy focusing too much on the use of brute force and military options had failed to contain insurgency in the restive region. "The review is a clear acceptance that we need a new direction," he told ABC News while facing some tough questions from the interviewer on the ISI's covert support to militants, or the Taliban and the Army being in agreement not to attack each other in the tribal region. The Foreign Minister also had to do a lot of explaining about the signing of a peace accord in Swat with elements that the government had earlier identified as irreconcilable. Somehow, in the perception of our Western allies, we have failed to bring order to this side of the Durand Line because of our reluctance to abandon our 'jihadist proxies'. They keep accusing Pakistan's intelligence apparatus of its dual policy of squashing the militants at home, but still employing them abroad. To foreign observers, there is still an Al-Qaeda core, hiding in what they term 'a wild region' and trying to organise attacks in countries across the world. Probably it was against this backdrop that Britain has prepared a new counter-terrorism strategy called Counter Two. The policy, billed as the most comprehensive approach for tackling terrorism by any government in the world, is being unveilled today. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned in his article published in The Observer that Al-Qaeda, whose core has shifted from Afghanistan to Pakistan, remains the biggest security threat to his country. And when it comes to blaming Pakistan for not doing enough to contain the growing militancy, Britain and the US seem to be on the same page. President Obama's Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, told the Brussels Forum on Sunday that the people who had planned 9/11, killed Ms Bhutto and committed terrorism in Mumbai, were in Pakistan. The observation comes at a time when America's new policy towards Pakistan and Afghanistan is about to be unveilled. Bruce Riedel, the architect of the multidimesional AfPak review, has identified the shutting down of safe havens in Pakistan's tribal areas as one of the top US priorities. Mr Qureshi rightly observed that enough effort was not being put on engagement with reconcilable elements among the Taliban or on economic development in the tribal region. But at the same time there has been insufficient explanation by Islamabad about its failure to effectively crack down on militants in the radicalised and ungoverned region. It is time we devised a comprehemsive counter-terrorism strategy.