THIS is not the first time that President Asif Zardari has given vent to his feeling that India is not a military threat to Pakistan, a view that is clearly inconsistent with reality, and which would be hotly contested by military strategists. Talking to journalists at Bilawal House, Karachi, on Tuesday, he appeared somewhat confused about what constituted a threat. On the one hand, he acknowledged that India had the capability (to pose a military threat) and that capability mattered, on the other he believed that it did not pose any threat to Pakistan on the assumption that both countries had good intentions towards each other. He should have known that good intentions, which in the case of New Delhi are an utter misconception, do not matter much in strategic paradigms. It is the capability of other nations that is taken into account while doing military planning and preparation. One would not, however, disagree with him that the Taliban were an international threat and a threat to our way of life, and that if left to flourish would prove to be an existential threat to Pakistan. As long as the Kashmir dispute remains unresolved and, without a shadow of doubt, owing to the intransigence of India, it would be a fallacious assumption that it has 'good intentions' towards Pakistan. Mr Zardari should recall the hostility and hatred that the pages of Indian newspapers and the utterances of Indian leadership contained after the Mumbai terrorist episode. And so far India has not provided credible evidence against Pakistani elements it alleges are involved, though persistently demanding their trial. The Pakistan armed forces charged with the defence of the country are, therefore, justified in adopting an Indo-centric policy, just as India seems to be obsessed with Pakistan and spares no opportunity to damage its interests. COAS General Ashfaq Kayani's perception, which he expressed some time ago, that Pakistan could not shift the bulk of its forces to the western front, was quite apt.