President Barack Hussein Obama, on March 27, 2009, has finally unfolded his administration's comprehensive new strategy to deal with the increasingly perilous situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In outlining his future military and economic development plan of action after a two months exhaustive review that began immediately after his presidential inauguration in January, Obama has chosen a sharp break from the directionless strategy followed by the Bush administration over the past seven years since the ouster of Taliban from the government in Afghanistan. Yet the war against terror in the region not only rages on, but insurgents now control parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. President Obama has resolved to finally put an end to this situation. To this end President Obama has rolled out a new and more aggressive military action combined with a mini Marshal Plan. Every strategic plan of action must have a well-defined mission and a firm resolve to accomplish the same. The previous US administration lacked both. According to Obama: "We have a clear and focused goal: ? To disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. ? To prevent their return to either country in the future. ? The single greatest threat to Pakistan's future comes from Al-Qaeda and its extremist allies. The terrorists have killed former PM Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani soldiers and personnel. Al-Qaeda safe havens in Pakistan will be the main focus of elimination. ? To strengthen Pakistan's economy the US would expand its socio-economic assistance to $1.5 billion annually over at least 5 years, extendable to another five years. ? Together with the UN, the US will forge a new Contact Group for Afghanistan and Pakistan that will bring together all those who have a stake in the security of the region. President Obama's announcement on Friday in respect to the new AfPak strategy is the first major policy statement since his inauguration, having a profound impact on Pak-US relationship and the future course of Pakistan's domestic and regional as well as international policies, besides the role of Pakistan as a 'frontline' state in the War on Terror. There are a number of analytic variables in the revised US strategy which each nation concerned will examine in-depth keeping in view its own national interest. Whereas the Obama administration has revised the strategy, keeping uppermost the US strategic interests at the global and regional level, other countries not mentioned in the Contact Group will have to examine the revised US strategy from their own respective viewpoint. Pakistan is therefore advised to examine the implications and the variables that might have a direct or indirect impact on its future. However, the Pakistan government has not only welcomed the new US strategy for AfPak region but also assured full support and cooperation in making it a success. Moreover, the AfPak security should not be at any stage pursued to the level of endangering Pakistan's own stability and sovereignty. Continued in roads by US drones into Pakistan's territory is causing mounting public resentment which can prove counterproductive for the success of the new US war strategy. It is perhaps partly for this reason that the opposition leadership in Pakistan has so far chosen to remain silent on the new policy statement while a few others have commented unfavourably describing Obama as "Bush in disguise." Most world leaders including Russia and Afghanistan have pledge support to the new US strategy, which augers well for its success, however, much shall depend on the genuine change of spirit and Obama's open-mindedness, a glimpse of which is visible in USA' fresh approach towards Tehran and including Iran in the Contact Group. The region at the moment is in the grip of multiple crises and much shall depend on the sagacity, statesmanship and vision of the collective regional and international leadership concerned. The writer is the president of the Pakistan National Forum