THAT the Pakistani army is fighting the extremist menace on more than front has been clear for some time. Foreign powers, particularly our eastern neighbour, which would like Pakistan to remain bogged down in the tribal region, have been suspected of aiding and abetting the militants, thus making the job of defeating them much harder. Now, no less a person than ISPR chief Maj-Gen Athar Abbas has maintained that the insurgent are getting weapons and support from "foreign intelligence agencies" and NATO arms from Afghanistan have been seen in possession of these militants. This is a serious charge that the NATO and US commanders, who have been accusing Islamabad of supplying weapons to these militants and sharing sensitive information with them, had better answer. If they want Pakistan to eliminate the scourge that haunts them across the border they would have to plug this source of strength to the terrorists. In an interview with the CNN, Maj-Gen Abbas aptly remarked that the US should "stop worrying about the nukes and start worrying about the weapons lost in Afghanistan". While there is little sense in Washington and allies' going to town on the possibility of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal falling into wrong hands, sheer criminal neglect is evidence in the flow of their sophisticated weapons into the Taliban hands. The argument that the Afghan army, which has access to NATO arms, is lax in guarding these weapons sounds very banal. It is strange that the Pentagon, which otherwise is quite meticulous in making strategies to conduct military operations, should not have a "complete record" of the 242,000 weapons it has supplied to the Afghan army and another 135,000 weapons other countries have sent to Afghanistan. As there is little doubt that Pakistan is engaged in meeting an "existential threat", it should take a firm stand on the issue of these weapons and foreign involvement with the US and other concerned powers. The authorities should also properly brief the local media and the public in this respect.