WHILE Maulana Sufi Muhammad and Maulana Fazlullah promised on Wednesday that the enforcement of Nizam-i-Adl would put an end to strife, a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle against a police checkpost near Charsadda, killing at least 16. The same day, President Zardari told a gathering of Pakistanis in Tokyo, where he had gone to attend a crucial fundraising meeting, that the implementation of the already enforced Nizam-i-Adl Regulation was contingent on the establishment of peace. It is also ominous that differences should emerge about vital points of the agreement immediately after the notification of the new law. In a highly regrettable statement, the TTP spokesman said his organisation did not subscribe to the concept of the supremacy of the Constitution, and that it considered the Sharia above everything. This goes against the fundamental concept of Pakistan being a moderate Islamic country where laws are to be enacted by an elected Parliament, which alone has the authority to determine whether they are in line with the teachings of Islam. Pakistan's Founding Fathers had expressly observed that the country was not going to be theocracy where religious scholars, rather than elected members of Parliament, made legislation. Maulana Sufi Mohammad's assertion that verdicts delivered by Qazi courts could not be challenged in High Courts and the Supreme Court is also not in consonance with the Constitution. TTP spokesman Muslim Khan's statement that the Taliban would not surrender arms is bound to send alarm bells ringing. To many in this country, this would amounts to a clear violation of the promises made prior to the signing of the deal. His statement that the TTP would shift the arena of struggle to other parts of the country now is equally disturbing, as this amounts to dictating policies to the state at gunpoint. There is a need on the part of the TTP and TNSM to act responsibly while issuing statements. Pakistan badly needs peace to sustain itself. The ongoing terror attacks have already taken a toll of hundreds of innocent lives all over the country. They have badly shaken the national economy, bringing down foreign investment by 36 percent in the first nine months of the current fiscal. Pakistan's security would suffer badly if the economy fails to make an early recovery. Pressures continue to mount on the country to contain militant groups, not only from the US, but close allies like China. While one expects from the government that it would abide by the Swat deal, one also expects that the TTP and TNSM would renounce extra-parliamentary methods of struggle and move towards the political mainstream.