NOW that the security forces have claimed that the Taliban in Bajaur stand squarely routed, it is time the government thought of stepping up efforts to effect meaningful reconciliation with those who agree to give up the armed struggle unreservedly and to accept the writ of the state in future. And the next official move should automatically be to undertake socio-economic development works to bring the Agency in the mainstream of the country's life. That would be in line with the official policy of taking along those Pakistani citizens who renounce militancy. Frontier Constabulary Inspector General Tariq Khan should have desisted from making categorical remarks in which he ruled out any 'concessions' of the kind given to the Taliban in Swat to secure peace. The authorities' final position should crystallise after security and strategic considerations and, of course, the conditions behind the Tehrik-i-Taliban of Pakistan's peace overtures have been taken into account. When the other day, the TTP unilaterally offered a ceasefire, the security officials reportedly rejected the idea on the ground that the plea had been prompted by the Taliban being badly cornered. According to the IG, the Taliban lost more than 1500 of their fighters since last August and half of the dead were foreign militants: Afghans, Sudanese and Egyptians. The security forces lost 97 soldiers, with 404 injured. If the Taliban were willing to throw out the foreign militants living among them and agree to live as law-abiding citizens, the authorities should go halfway to reconcile with them. There is no other way of achieving durable peace.