NATO Chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer's words about the perceived threat from the militant sanctuaries in Pakistan carry some frightening dimensions. Though he ruled out the possibility of coalition forces crossing swords with the Pakistan Army, saying that the NATO troops would not cross over into Pakistan, his wish for global action on the tribal areas appears nothing short of a direct confrontation. Keeping the option of 'hot pursuit' against guerrilla hideouts in the tribal belt he said that no one would allow terrorists from all over the world to gather in a 'certain area' and create mischief. Mr Scheffer's concern forms the backdrop to the bomb attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul and President Hamid Karzai's oft- repeated threat of an offensive against Pakistan. However, such pressure tactics to intimidate and harry a key ally would only prove counterproductive and would make the War on Terror more worrisome for the US. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has categorically rejected the possibility of the type. Speaking at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London, he maintained that military action was the sole prerogative of the Army and that the country would not allow any foreign intervention of troops or operations on its soil. What one can make of all this is that Mr Karzai and his allies now want the war to be extended to Pakistan. Time and again, they have called for the 'focus' to be shifted across the border. But the fact of the matter is that the Americans are only turning a blind eye to the facts when they talk of launching an offensive against Pakistan. The reality is that it is Afghanistan rather than Pakistan where rebels continue to operate with a good deal of organization. Kabul's writ extends no further than the city itself. Of late, the number of casualties has risen at an alarming rate: 49 soldiers killed in the month of June alone, and considering the emerging scenario the coalition forces seem to be in for real trouble. If in the days of Taliban back in the 1990s the poppy production stood around at an average of 2000 metric tonnes per annum, it has now reached a staggering 8000 metric tonnes with Afghanistan becoming the biggest poppy producer, providing 92 per cent of the world's total supply. If the NATO is unable to rein in this drug economy, what to talk of eliminating the menace of militancy? It is in large part this drug trafficking income, which the warlords and the militants are pumping into their campaign against the invading troops. Rather than holding Pakistan accountable, the US-led NATO forces should worry about the trouble spots in Afghanistan.