The 10th of Muharram that the nation observes today carries a tellingly evident lesson for the adherents of Islam: put your life at stake but do not bow before the forces of evil. Pakistan today is beset with, a crisis of security, enveloped in an air of hostility. It is only if we have been able to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice Imam Hussain made on this day that we will have the courage to remain firm. The nation expects that when President Asif Ali Zardari addresses the joint session of Parliament some time next week, he reaffirms adherence to the position Islamabad took following the unprovoked NATO attacks at the Salalah border post. The tragic loss of our soldiers provides enough justification for blocking the transit of containers carrying supplies for the NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan, demanding the vacation of the Shamsi airbase and refusing to participate in the Bonn Conference. Our firmness has finally compelled the US to start leaving the base and there are signs that it would be free of foreign presence by the deadline, December 11. Similarly, we should also ask the Americans to vacate other bases on the Pakistani soil. After all, the NATO and the Americans have nothing to repair the damage to our bilateral relations and only shifted from one position to the other, in response to our accusation of deliberately targeting our soldiers. Their previous position that the incident was provoked by the Pakistanis firing first now stands changed, as it came out in the conversation between President Obama and President Zardari during a telephone call the former had placed for the latter on Sunday. Mr Obama took the plea that the attack was not deliberate. However, fearing that the Republicans might exploit in the coming presidential elections, if he apologised for the brutal assault, Mr Obama confined himself to offering condolences for the martyred security personnel. At the same time, in an interview with Waqt TV channel on Monday, US Ambassador Cameron Munter urged for the end of tension prevailing between his country and Pakistan, while appreciating the sacrifices that Pakistan had made in the cause of the war and terror. Mr Zardari would, reportedly, also talk about the raging memogate controversy during his forthcoming address to Parliament. Apart from clarifying his, Haqqani and governments position on the issue, one hopes that he would express his understanding of Mian Nawaz Sharifs reaction in approaching the Supreme Court in the interest of getting at the truth. The thoroughly aggressive posture against the apex court and the petitioner adopted by PPPs Babar Awan in a press conference the other day was hardly the response that the seriousness of the scandal demanded. With multiple challenges Pakistan is facing, it would be counterproductive to remain in a hostile mode.