On the night of May 13-14, Pakistans Parliament, that is both the Houses, passed a unanimous resolution on the Abbottabad attack and its aftermath. Condemning the breach of sovereignty of Pakistan by the US, a marathon session of in-camera briefing to the joint sitting of Parliament adopted this resolution. It essentially asked for the establishment of an independent commission to hold inquiry into the Abbottabad debacle and fix responsibility of intelligence and security failures and also asked the armed forces to stop drone attacks on its territory. Ostensibly, this message to the Government of Pakistan, since constitutionally it alone has the authority to do what is envisaged in these directions. Other notable emphasis of this resolution was: p The presence of all the members of Parliament to lay down the parameters of the state's foreign and strategic policy. p On the composition of an independent commission to probe the incident, it was announced that the PM would consult the leader of the opposition and other major stakeholders in Parliament. p Furthermore, a resolution focused upon both directly and indirectly condemning US clandestine operation in Abbottabad. p The resolution further recommended to revisit the countrys relations with the US and restructure its security apparatus to avoid such a fiasco in future. In this context, the resolution also stressed upon the need to re-examine Pakistans role in the war on terror, and made a number of recommendations on revamping it in the interest of the country. p The resolution also expressed complete solidarity with the armed forces and pledged that the national security and territorial integrity of the country would be upheld at all costs and an Abbottabad-like incursion from any state would not be tolerated. p It was further said that in case the US did not stop drone attacks, NATO supplies through Pakistan would be stopped. The resolution also pointed to an immediate halt of the drone attacks, making it quite clear that Islamabad would not give any latitude and suggested that a complete overhaul of the countrys current policy on the war would be made in due course of time. It signifies that Parliament had put its weight behind the armed forces and during the session about 145 MPs questioned the military leadership, which had to face massive public criticism on account of its performance. Briefing the media after the session, Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the MPs had agreed that a unanimous and positive response to the whole world should go from Parliament on the issue. The intended recipient of this message, or rather the compendium of warnings in this landmark expression of the will of the people of Pakistan, was addressed to the relevant Pakistani authorities. Even a glimpse of some US publications makes it abundantly manifest, who else may be the intended beneficiary of this 'message. Now let us briefly see what has been the effect of this message on its intended recipients? As far as the Pakistani authorities are concerned, there is as usual total blank since nothing whatsoever has emerged from them. Even as I write weeks later, the commission set up to investigate the Abbottabad attack crumbled a day after its formation, while no protest has been lodged with the US about its continued policy vis--vis this country and its unilateral actions, including drone attacks, that is by any standards a snub of the worst kind. The US launched barely two days later two missile strikes, killing seven people in North Waziristan. Senator John Kerry, known for his pro-Pakistani avocations in the US, was at that time addressing the press in Islamabad. When he was asked about the attack, Kerry avoided to answer and said USA and Pakistan were "strategic partners with a common enemy." But on his return to Washington, the Senator publicly defended the raid by US Navy SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Meanwhile, the Pakistan army has a huge task to discharge, since the people are angry that their sovereignty was violated when they considered that it was not possible to do so. Within Pakistan there seems to be in progress an eerie drama in which local leaders are either too afraid to have their real intentions publicised, or just resorting to the worst form of opportunism, labelled by the picturesque vernacular phrase, lootaism. However, it is sufficient to say that both Nawaz Sharif and Zardari seem unsure how to make the best of the situation for themselves. As a gesture, the Punjab government has cancelled 18 MOUs signed with the US. Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that he had proposed to the Centre to slash the defence budget by up to 50 percent to end its reliance on foreign aid. As to be seen to be proceeding against merely the US for its May 2 attack on Abbottabad, Sanaullah made it clear that the new policy of Punjab solely bans the US aid, but puts no bar on grants from friendly countries. He concluded: We do not want confrontation with the US, rather we wanted to convey the message that we wouldnt compromise on our sovereignty by accepting aid. As for the Zardari camp, it has no option but to see how best it can escape when the tide turns against the government either through the electoral process or the Supreme Court, which happily for Pakistanis, has done yeoman service to the people in this web of corruption that engulfs the PPP led governmental edifice. Many of the leaders of the PPP are facing huge cases involving lots of money, including the NRO judgment against Zardari regarding Swiss accounts. But alas for the 'message that seems to be utterly lost and rampant corruption that permeates the fabric of this countrys very existence nowadays, seems evidently destined for a successful innings. Only Imran Khan stands like a ray of hope that the people in this country are looking for. The opposition has a role to play in this ongoing evolution. But the problem is that Nawaz is presently surrounded by many advisors and spokespersons, who have scant knowledge of the system or, for that matter, history. n The writer is a senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Attorney at Law (USA)