Pakistan needs to make bold choices to defeat the heinous specter of terrorism. The choices are tough as we need out of the box solutions that break from the outdated stereotypes of the past. The foreign policy framed in the first few years after independence is no match for the formidable challenges of our turbulent times. To use an Aristotelian syllogism, if terrorists are our enemies--and I suppose we all agree that they are indeed the worst foes of the state of Pakistan-- the foreign powers which are our allies in the war on terror can't be bracketed with these savages. I agree one hundred percent with the MQM Supremo Altaf Hussain on his anti-terror policy, notwithstanding my political differences with him. He is logically right in concluding that the misguided politicians who are criticizing America are friends of the Taliban terror. Extending this argument further, America, India, Afghanistan and all other countries fighting extremism are our natural allies and friends in this war. This argument may not appeal to the skewed sensibilities of the impassioned hawks and pro-Taliban 'ideologues' in the country but it stands the test of cold logic. No country including America alone can eliminate the curse of extremism alone. In line with this path breaking approach, Pakistan must declare peace and friendship with our arch-rival India and all other neighbors surrounding our land mass. This suggestion is totally consistent with the PPP Manifesto of 2008 also. While waging a peace with India, Pakistan does not have to compromise it's principled stand on the core disputes of Kashmir and water that have bedeviled the Indo-Pak relations for more than six decades now. The skeptics who may find my thesis unpleasant may wish to study the history of post-war Europe and Japan. Churchill's Britain, de Gaulle's France, Adenauer's Germany and Yoshida's Japan did not agitate the thorny issue of sovereignty as long as they were engaged in the process of reconstruction of their war-ravaged economies. These four statesmen were no less patriotic than the so-called leaders of Pakistan. I am forcefully urging our politicians to restore the constitution of 1973 minus the distortions of the Musharraf and Zia eras. The social contract of 1973 is, after all, the real foundation of our national reconciliation. It is the constitution of 1973 alone, which can unite the sorely divided nation to beat the enemies of democracy. Recent conciliatory statements of Indian leaders give us a unique window of opportunity to replace the climate of acrimony and mistrust in the region with a durable structure of peace. Terrorists want Pakistan and India to nuke each other to extinction. The two countries have the option to prove the extremists wrong and make South Asia a region of peace and prosperity. -B A MALIK, Islamabad, December 8.