The deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks and the increasing pressures on Pakistan by the US and UK are being interpreted by a large body of strategic analysts and political observers a confirmation of the policies to render Pakistan weak and vulnerable in terms of nuclear capabilities. The scenario painted by these powers has been brilliantly encapsulated by Steven Cohen an expert on Pakistan and a senior fellow at Brookings. He considers, "Pakistan a case study of negatives a state seemingly incapable of establishing a normal political system; supporting radical Islamic Taliban and mounting jihadi operations into India while its own economic and political systems were collapsing and internal religious and ethnic based violence was rising dramatically." Simultaneously there is a sustained and concealed effort to get Pakistan deeply embroiled in the war against terror and also promote alarming reports that "Al-Qaeda is gaining strength in its Pakistan sanctuary including a safe haven in FATA and its top leadership." Based on these reports the US administration early this year proposed to expand American combat presence through unilateral covert CIA missions on by joint operations with the Pakistan security forces. The director of CIA and US national intelligence visited Pakistan secretly in January and discussed a series of measures now reflected in the increased numbers and scope of missions by predators over the tribal areas. The increasing noise about Pakistan not doing enough and demands for "do more" were primarily to secure expanded presence of US forces for across the border operations. The resistance by Pakistan to the demands was countered with reports planed in the US and Western media of ISI's pro-Taliban linkages. Since then predator attacks have continued in FATA area with New York Times reporting of Pakistan's tacit approval though denied by Pakistan. Furthermore India had also planned to attack Pakistan after the November 26 Mumbai terror attacks. However India should realise that it is not a superpower and surgical strikes on Pakistan, as said by the government, will be considered as an attack on it leading to a war that would cause severe damage to the two neighbouring countries. India should refrain from toeing the US line and think twice over the consequences for the betterment of the South Asian region. The writer is a former ambassador