ONE cannot agree more with the Afghanistan-Pakistan joint statement that a military-centric approach cannot guarantee peace and stability in the region. Afghan Foreign Minister Dr Zalmai Rassoul, who was on a visit to Islamabad, met with his counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and seemed somewhat desirous of expanding Pakistans role in Afghanistans affairs ranging from nation building to finding out a political solution to the ongoing conflict. His apologetic posturing, however, can be taken as a tacit acceptance of the reality that Pakistan has helped the country through thick and thin and despite the American puppet regime in Kabul and all that, it is not shying away from helping it get out of the woods. The reality is that Pakistan has always acted as a responsible brotherly state invariably showing restraint and caution in the face of extreme aggression by successive hostile regimes in Kabul. Its love for the Afghans stems not just from geographical proximity but also from a strong brotherly bond that exists between the two nations. So Pakistans support, pledged by Shah Mahmood Qureshi at this point in time is definitely an expression of these feelings and realities. Meanwhile, we must not forget that this sudden flurry of diplomatic activity with the Afghan Foreign Minister, giving preference to a negotiated settlement and certain US officials rushing to Pakistan bears testimony to US abject policy failure in Afghanistan. General McChrystals episode is certainly a proof of this fact. Besides, the Obama Administration is all nerves about Pakistans growing importance especially at a time, when the US command in Afghanistan is suffering from total confusion and disorder. What would a war-stressed General Petraeus be able to do when the US seems all jittery, wanting to pack up and leave within a years time. Pakistan must certainly not fish in Afghanistans troubled waters; but it would be in the fitness of things that we learn to talk to the Americans eyeball to eyeball conveying to them straightaway that there would be no further compromise on our national security and interests. The leaderships infatuation for the US manifested in part by the tradition of rolling out red carpets for mediocre bureaucrats like Holbrooke should be made a thing of the past. Isnt the recent US fiasco in Afghanistan enough to convince us that the Americans are no demigods and are indeed no better than the Russians, who were ruthlessly beaten up and driven out by the brave Afghans?