GENERAL McChrystal's charge against elements of Pakistan's ISI aiding the Taliban has an air of dj vu. This had at one time been a constant refrain of American officials as, on the one hand, they found that the phenomenon of resistance refused to peter out despite the superior US firepower and, on the other, Pakistan was reluctant to launch military operation in the sensitive region along the border with Afghanistan for valid internal reasons. However, that opinion changed with the success the Pakistan army scored in Swat valley. Therefore, it is quite puzzling now to hear the commander of allied troops revert to the earlier allegations, unless one looks for an answer in the recent assessments coming out of Afghanistan that the US-led military operation faces an impending doom. Or is McChrystal trying to bring home the need for greater surge of troops to Barack Obama, now at odds with him on the issue? Intriguingly also, reports from Washington at the same time laud Islamabad's efforts to contain terrorism. The accusation against Iran's Quds force of helping the Taliban appears to be a link in the smear campaign the US has been indulging in to further its designs against Iran's peaceful nuclear programme. However, the General's warning against the growing Indian influence in Afghanistan chimes in with Pakistan's position and correctly points to the destabilisation impact it would have on the region. One would even go further and say that the current Afghan government is perceived to be pro-Indian; it is, indeed, pro-Indian, with the Northern Alliance dominating key areas of governance. But then the US has to blame itself for giving undue importance to the minority NA and installing a puppet President. As the major occupying power, it has to take steps to undo the destabilising moves.