A NATO spokesman's observation that Pakistan must avoid putting its troops and mission under threat by making a peace deal with the Taliban present on its soil has provided an opportunity to the Karzai government to once again accuse Islamabad of being behind the killing of innocent people in Afghanistan. At a press briefing in Kabul on Sunday, Spokesman Mark Laity said Pakistan had a sovereign right to make agreements but "it will provide no real solution if the trouble on one side of the Durand Line is transferred to the other side". General Mohammad Zahir Azimi of the Afghan Defence Ministry, who was also present at the media briefing, went to the extent of saying that the previous 'peace agreements' between the Pakistani authorities and militants had given enough time to the latter to get fully equipped and launch operations against both governments. It was no surprise to see four American Congressmen endorse the concerns expressed by NATO and the Afghan government about Islamabad's decision to engage the Taliban leadership in talks. They said part of their reason for visiting Kabul and Islamabad was to look into the issue of extremist 'sanctuaries' on the Pakistani side of the border. British Defence Minister Des Browne, currently visiting Afghanistan, however, made cautious remarks about the peace deals, saying he understood that agreements between Pakistan and the Taliban included an understanding that the militants would not export violence to Afghanistan. The shift in Islamabad's anti-militancy policy in the tribal areas has raised many an eyebrow within the Bush Administration, which views the whole process with concern. But it must also take notice of frequent violations of Pakistan's airspace by US Predator missiles and drones. There have been 10 such incidents in the last four days. It is time Americans reviewed their approach towards containing militancy by force alone and also advised the Karzai government to put its own house in order, instead of continuing its tirade against Pakistan.