THE accusation by the Afghan spy chief that Sunday's attack on Hamid Karzai was masterminded by miscreants hiding in Pakistan's tribal areas seems like a ploy to divert attention from the deteriorating law and order situation in Afghanistan. In fact, the attack could not have displayed more plainly the freedom with which the militants operate in the accuser's own country. It is sad to learn that the charge levelled by the intelligence chief coincides with the report from the US State Department that Al-Qaeda has been re-grouping in certain areas in Pakistan's tribal belt along with Afghanistan. This is for the first time that serious concern has been displayed about the security situation in Pakistan since the new government took office. The new leadership's resolve to find a political solution to the problem of militancy has been distasteful to the US. No wonder, the State Department report seems like an extension of the do-more mantra. On the other hand, the Afghan government needs to put its house in order. As daily reports of violence show, there is a lot that needs to be done. Terrorist activities have only increased and the menace seems to erupt with renewed energy. The Taliban in the south of the country continue to operate as if there was no writ of the state. That is the real issue that has to be projected. Blaming Pakistan, which is key in the War On Terror, only flies in the face of the cooperation and support Islamabad has extended.