There are no less than three committees – with either the grudging or outright approval of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan – working on ‘negotiations’ to achieve peace. This is great news, right?

Not if you saw the announcement from Miramshah yesterday. Give them everything they want, and the TTP will still stay true to the TTP. A sectarian attack on a seminary, which left nine dead, was proudly claimed as orchestrated by them. And yet. If TV talkshows are anything to go by, anything short of giddy enthusiasm for negotiations with such a group is to be regarded as a treasonous emotion.

The three committees might as well be writing up the terms of the state’s surrender, for what it’s worth. With friends like Maulana Samiul Haq – a TTP nominated ‘intermediary’, whose latest helpful suggestion to the government of Pakistan is that it pack up shop and impose Sharia — who needs enemies.

Sadly, even the government nominated committee, with its ideological and conservative leanings (there is not a single woman on the committee, or a single left-leaning voice), has been unable to react to this obnoxious suggestion as strongly as it should. A polite “no” was given as an answer to the suggestion. But this left unsaid the uncomfortable truth that if the TTP are enveloped into a peace deal in FATA, that part of the country will be forced to be subject to the most rigid and unforgiving form of sharia possibly imaginable.

Increasingly, the debates we are witnessing on talkshows are laying ground for a Taliban-dictated system of governance and societal organisation to be put into effect. What greater proof of this than in the words of Mr Irfan Siddiqui himself, “We felt as though we were one side, not two.” It bears reminding that Mr Siddiqui is one of the members recommended by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, to talk to a violent, murderous group of criminals and re-establish the writ of the state. Needless to say, the above statement does not inspire confidence in either the good sense of the committee, or the possible, delusionally optimistic chance of negotiations concluding in favour of the government.

It remains to be seen what exactly the government would regard as a measure of success. Is it acceptable for FATA to suffer the TTP, if Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad are guaranteed safety? Is it assumed that the TTP will be sated by power in FATA and uninterested in furthering their pursuit of power with all of the new means at their disposal? Was the peace deal in Swat such a shining success that history is to be repeated? The answers are obvious to all but the government committee negotiating on our behalf. As unelected representatives, they ought to have neither authority, nor invitation to hold such negotiations. Unfortunately, they have both. And the future has never looked more terrifying than being drawn up by their hand.