It is good to know that all political parties have finally agreed to take part in the all parties conference that Prime Minister Gilani has called to be held today to evolve a national response to the American threat of the violation of our territorial sovereignty. Both the PML-N and the PTI, which had earlier shown their reservations about the APCs suitability to debate the issue, have now set them aside and agreed to participate. COAS General Kayani and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Wyne will brief the participants about the meetings they had with US officials and their strategic perspective of the situation. Defence Secretary (formerly CIA chief) Leon Panetta has been issuing hawkish statements like 'terrorist havens in Waziristan are unacceptable and accusing Pakistan of inaction against them, which were creating strong feelings of anger in the country against the US. However, it was the retiring Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, who took the tension several notches higher by levelling the direct charge, without proffering any proof, of militants of the Haqqani group being an arm of the ISI and even accusing the ISI of involvement in attacks on the American Embassy in Kabul and other similar recent incidents. That shook the ruling political leadership out of their slumber, regarding the US as a friend of Pakistan. And at the level of the Prime Minister as well as Foreign Minister the fact that the US was desperately looking for a scapegoat to hide the shame of its defeat in Afghanistan was, for the first time, aired by them, though it had been no secret from the world. The ISI and the army unambiguously rebutted these accusations as entirely baseless and warned the US against any attempt at setting 'boots on the soil of Pakistan. China not only cautioned the US to respect Pakistans territorial sovereignty, but also came forward to affirm full support in defence of the country. The serious threat of ground invasion brought everyone in the country political parties of all shapes and hues, the armed forces, the media, the intelligentsia and, indeed, every section of society on one platform: to stand up together to defend the country under all circumstances. The APC that would have representatives of the every section of the public, thus, has this mandate to implement, to realise the gravity of the situation and ignore their differences in the face of the looming threat. The stand to emerge out of the deliberations should be unambiguously clear, sending a strong message from a nation solidly standing behind its armed forces in case any attack on the country and that any adventurous attempt would be repulsed with force. The participants should insist on creating a mechanism that would ensure that the decisions of the APC do not go the way of the resolutions unanimously passed by the joint sessions of the two Houses of Parliament.