Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, questioning the American politics of accusations, has told the US, without mincing her words, that if it wanted to 'lose Pakistan, it was up to it, but the loss would be its own. These blunt words, uttered in an interview with a TV channel in New York on Thursday, reflected Pakistans extreme sense of outrage at the serious charge of the retiring Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, that the Haqqani network was a veritable arm of Pakistans Inter-Services Intelligence agency. Mullen went on to accuse the ISI of aiding and abetting the attack on the US Embassy in Kabul, the truck bombing of a NATO outpost that injured 77 coalition forces and the attack on the Inter-Continental Hotel all this, the US gives out, was the handiwork of Haqqani militants completed with the active assistance of the ISI. Perceptive analysts of the march of events attendant upon the war on terror have long predicted that, if the superpower fails to turn the tide of setbacks it is encountering in Afghanistan, its do more mantra would ultimately ratchet up to an unabashed transfer of the blame to Pakistan for this miserable failure. It would be hard for it to stomach defeat at the hands of a poorly equipped army of insurgents. The Admirals unrestrained onslaught against Pakistan has, indeed, ominous implications, as it was preceded by the warning of Defence Secretary Leon Panetta that in case Pakistan did not take military action against the Haqqani group, the US itself would do so. That could be interpreted to suggest that the Pentagon intends not only to escalate the indiscriminate drone attacks on the population of North Waziristan, but could also send its ground forces in pursuit of the Haqqanis. In response to the outbursts of both Panetta and Mullen, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has issued a timely warning that Pakistan would not tolerate US boots on its soil. The Pakistani nation would fully support an effective government response should the US indulge in a reckless adventure against Pakistan. In that unfortunate eventuality, our reaction must be commensurate with Interior Ministers expression of intolerance of American intervention in the country, Foreign Minister Khars blunt remarks and the armys rejection of the charge of waging a proxy war. This is a time when the political leadership, whether in power or out of it, must drop mutual bickering and unite in their opposition to the Americans insidious designs against Pakistan. No doubt, we are passing through a difficult phase the massive devastation and dislocation by floods in Sindh and the uncontrolled spread of the dengue virus in Punjab but in the face of the virtual declaration of war by these top US officials, unity and solidarity among all segments of society could alone avert the danger. A joint session of the two Houses of Parliament must urgently meet to formulate a national response, and both the civilian leadership and the armed forces must be on the same page.