A suicide bombing at a police checkpost in Peshawar on Saturday, which left 30 people dead and around 80 others wounded, needs to be condemned in the strongest possible manner. The explosion was so powerful that it destroyed the checkpost and two nearby markets. A number of bodies are reportedly still lying under the rubble. A news report, meanwhile, quoted police sources as indicating that the explosives, weighing between 35 kg and 40 kg, were equal in strength to the one used in the bombing of the FIA building in Lahore early this year. The NWFP Police Chief told the media that after receiving intelligence that a suicide car bomber would target the Provincial Assembly building on Saturday, the entire area was declared a 'red' zone to pre-empt the entry of subversive elements. This was the second ghastly act after the double suicide hit at the Pakistan Ordnance Factories, Wah, about a fortnight ago, for which the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan readily claimed responsibility. A security official believed that Saturday's attack could be a backlash of the Army's intensified campaign against militants hiding in the tribal region. That the TTP is not only hurling threats, but is actually carrying out terrorist acts, should be a cause of concern for our security establishment. Soon after the Ordnance Factory attacks, Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar was quoted by a newspaper as warning the government that more such attacks would be made across the country if the military operations in Darra Adamkhel, Swat and Bajaur were not immediately stopped. It would not have been hard to fathom the enormity of the disaster had the bomber driving an explosive-laden vehicle succeeded in reaching the provincial assembly building which was swarmed by political workers on the occasion of the presidential poll. There is no doubt that this time around the Peshawar Police acted vigilantly. But generally security inside cities does not seem to be tight enough to make it difficult for militants to carry out terrorist acts as and when they so desire. President Asif Zardari has identified terrorism as one of the major challenges facing the country and warned that if suicide bombers continued their activities "we will use our might to eliminate them." There is no denying the fact the government should not waver in its resolve to curb militancy, but for that its reliance should not only be on the use of force. It bears repeating to those at the helm of the democratic dispensation that in order to resolve the crisis, administrative measures should go in tandem with political means.