The influential American Scholar Richard Haass in his famous book War of Necessity, War of Choice presented the basic structure for analyzing the logic of war from a strategic perspective. Analyzing the Bush Administrations strategic arguments for the Afghan and Iraq wars Mr. Haass concluded, that for the American administration Iraq was a war of choice and Afghanistan a war of necessity. However in an op-ed for the NewYork Times last year, when the Obama Administration was going through a comprehensive strategic review of the Afghan War, Mr. Haass presented the Afghan conflict as a war of choice arguing that no war or conflict is inherently necessary and the need to lodge or continue a war depends on two factors; whether the war was serving the national interests and whether there were viable alternatives to the War. Although Mr.Haass penned down the strategic framework for analyzing American wars in the Muslim World, I would borrow his arguments for analyzing whether the war on terror is a war of necessity for Pakistan. The biggest issue which had consumed the Pakistani political arena in the last few months is the imminent meltdown of the Pakistani economy. In fact the policy makers presented economic bankruptcy as an excuse to invite IMF to support the Pakistani economy, ceding Pakistans economic sovereignty to the board of governors of IMF, whose destructive economic policies have further aggravated the economic crisis in Pakistan. With such a disastrous situation at hand almost every single individual discussing about the solution to the economic mess in which the Muslims of Pakistan find themselves today have missed the most commonsense solution to the problem;abandon the war on terror which is bleeding the Pakistani economy to death. For such analysts the war onterror is war of necessity and hence untouchable.But it is evident that this irrational conclusion has not been reached through indulging in a strategic thinking process. According to Mr. Haasss first criterion the war on terror is against the national interests of Pakistan as it is fatally challenging the economy of Pakistan, more than that it has actually led to a loss of territorial (because of US drones) and economic sovereignty (by outsourcing Pakistans economic policies to the IMF) of Pakistan. According to the second test, viable alternatives, Pakistan learned in September that by cutting down the NATO supply line to Afghanistan it can induce a pullout of the Western coalition form Afghanistan thus ending the destructive war and an eternal end to the do more mantra of the US administration. Moez Mobeen, Islamabad