THE attack on security forces in Torkham area of Khyber Agency, that killed at least 22 security personnel and injured many, indicates that the terrorist networks are still very much alive and kicking, putting an end to the euphoria created after the death of Baitullah Mehsud. This is the first major retaliatory attack after his death and certainly casts a pall over the security environment of the country. Though a major chunk of the terrorist leadership of the Tehrik Taliban Pakistan has been eliminated and the terrorists are on the run, they are nonetheless very much capable of creating havoc. The new commanders, Waliur Rehman and Hakeemullah Mehsud, are certainly proving themselves to be as ruthless as their predecessor. The attack would also bear testimony to the failure of the military in benefiting from the rifts in the TTP and cashing in on the opportunity to dismantle the network. The law enforcement agencies must now be on highest alert, not only to thwart more attempts by the network to carry out deadly attacks but also to prevent it from organizing itself in the true sense of the word. The military no doubt deserves a pat on the back for driving out militants from Malakand Division, but the fact remains that the Waziristan chapter of the TTP is still intact. The attack on Thursday is a proof of that. The government ought to realize that now is the time to act with determination. But unfortunately, on the other side of the spectrum, there is US, which owing to its self-serving policies has pushed Pakistan invariably between a rock and a hard place. Its strategy of fighting militancy does not take into account Pakistan's security dilemmas. Take drone attacks for example. True, there have been some attacks in which important members of the terrorist outfits were killed, but beyond that these drone strikes have largely been counterproductive. Reportedly, around 700 hundred non-combatants have died so far as a result of US aerial strikes in tribal areas. Just the other day, a US strike in South Waziristan killed eight people. On the one hand, they create a backlash among the tribals, something that provides recruits to the militants and on the other, they are a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty. On top of that, US officials show no disposition to distance themselves from a hostile stance aimed at pressurizing Islamabad. The statement by Central Command Chief Gen David Petraeus the other day that the enemy in Pakistan was far from defeated, is a reflection of this mindset. These mood swings by the top US officials will undermine a meaningful partnership against terrorism.