Ever since the strategic dialogue in Washington DC in March 2010, where Pakistan received kudos for its successful anti-terror operations in Swat and Southern Waziristan and also for its deft presentations at the Nuclear Security Summit, Pakistan is being methodically targeted. Apparently, anti-Pakistan forces with vested interests have joined hands to malign and chastise our nation. Despite sacrificing thousands of lives and suffering tremendous collateral damage, Pakistan managed to stem the tide of the terror attacks by attacking the miscreants boldly in their hideouts. Pakistans Counter Insurgency (COIN) operations, with an audacious combination of air and ground action backed by real time intelligence, not only bore fruit but also won the respect and admiration of the international community. Later, a series of events in quick succession putting Pakistan in the dock merit examination. Pakistan was keen to organise a meeting between the Indian and Pakistani PMs at the sidelines of the SAARC Summit in order to restart the stalled composite dialogue process. After the Sharm El-Sheikh encounter last July, in which the two had signed a joint declaration announcing the resumption of peace talks, Indian obduracy prevailed and its hawks scuttled the process by demanding the conviction of the alleged perpetrators of the Mumbai mayhem before the resumption of the dialogue. However, the Madhuri Gupta affair, revealed on the eve of the SAARC Summit, failed to deter the two PMs from agreeing to resume the peace process. Hardly a day had passed when a special court convicted and sentenced to death Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the Mumbai attacks, naming him as the principal accused. On the verdict, Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said: The conviction of Kasab and the acquittal of the two accused shows that India is ruled by law. That shows the independence, fearlessness and integrity of the court. Surprisingly, Chidam-baram remains oblivious of the perpetrators of the 2002 carnage of the Muslims in Gujarat and the genocide of Sikhs in 1984. The Mumbai attacks indeed have been used to scuttle the composite dialogue bringing Pakistan under pressure, accusing it of abetting terror. Simultaneously, only days after a warning of an Israeli false flag bombing against the US being in the works, a car bomb is discovered in Time Square Better yet, SITE Intelligence,- an Israeli source - placed the blame on the Pakistani Taliban. In the milieu, Hakimullah Mehsud, the slain leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban-i-Pakistan (TTP), is mysteriously resurrected from the dead - through the US media - to announce that TTP will now target America to vindicate the drone attacks on Pakistan. It may be noted that prior to Mehsud being targeted by the US drone attacks and declared dead, as soon as the Pakistan army started advancing towards South Waziristan there were strong rumours that Mehsud and other Taliban leaders have been airlifted from their hideouts by their sponsors. Little credence was given to the news then, but it now appears plausible. Furthermore, as the intricacies of the Time Square bombing unravel, it becomes clearer that it was a botched affair: the makeshift bomb so shoddily rigged, the SUV parked in a no parking zone, as if to attract attention, its engine deliberately kept running, the ignition key left in the vehicle; conclusively it appears that the planner wanted the plot to fail and get apprehended. The 'deliberate clues left to lead the law enforcing agencies to Faisal Shahzad and his exclaiming, after being asked to disembark the Emirates Air flight, that, I was expecting you; are you FBI or NYPD? is not at all convincing. Whats more, the bombing plot is discovered over the weekend and on immediately Monday Wall Street Journal, and a host of other US dailies, come up with articles implicating Pakistan. No second guesses for the authorship of malicious Op-Eds - yes all Indians To name a few: Sadanand Dhumes piece titled Why Pakistan Produces Jihadists, Fareed Zakarias article Pakistan is the epicentre of Islamic radicalism, and scores of others, spell the same conspiracy theories. A week later, the normally suave Hillary Clinton abandoned niceties to threaten Pakistan with dire consequences, increase the drone attacks, and raise the level of US troops in Pakistan. The question is, if Pakistan is facing a serious problem of terrorism which was not entirely brought upon it by itself, would threats of naked aggression by the US resolve the problem? It is a fact that Major Nidal Malik Hasan of Fort Hood, Najibullah Zazi, who planned to blow up New York City subway, Colleen R LaRose (Jihad Jane) and now Faisal Shahzad are all US citizens. Isnt it the responsibility of the US administration to keep its citizens under watch, rather than to threaten Pakistan with severe consequences, unless it is part of a greater game plan Therefore, too many coincidences are concluded in Attorney General Eric Holders statement that the Pakistani Taliban were behind 9/11. Hence, the US has started to pressurise the Pakistani army to attack TTP in its bastions, in the tribal region of North Waziristan. The cat is thus out of the bag but requires adroit exterior manoeuvre by Pakistan to parry this fresh assault on its sovereignty. The writer is a political and defence analyst.