SUCH is the threat by the marauding Taliban, that even the political parties who were once apologetic in their stance towards them on the ground that the Taliban movement in Swat was for a just cause, have now found it prudent to rethink their approach. PML(N) leader Mian Nawaz Sharif has realized, though belatedly, that the Taliban had exploited the peace deal in Swat to expand their control to Buner and other areas, and insisted that Talibanization was something the people of Pakistan did not want. Likewise, few would have expected that the Jamaat Islami would also express its reservations about the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. JUI(F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who at one point in time was considered very sympathetic to the Taliban, felt it right to warn the National Assembly on Wednesday that if the Taliban continued to move at their present pace, they would soon be knocking on the doors of Islamabad. Even more importantly, it is ANP, the party that negotiated the peace deal by seeking help of Maulana Sufi Muhammad to broker a truce with the Taliban in Swat, which is of the view that the Taliban will not give up their ways unless compelled by use of force. Taking notice of the violation of the peace deal in Swat, NWFP Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti felt the need to re-launch military operations in the restive region. That all the mainstream political parties have been forced to publicly oppose the Taliban, speaks volumes about the real motives of the movement. As it turns out, TNSM chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad is little interested in the restoration of peace in the troubled valley. After his failure to convince the Taliban to disarm, he has launched a tirade against the government, maintaining that democracy was a negation of Shariat. Besides, given the way the Taliban had been violating different peace deals in the past, it should have been clear from the very first day that the Swat accord likewise would not hold and that the militants would use it to buy time to strengthen their network. But the manner in which the matter was taken to Parliament for approval does not inspire confidence. One cannot help but think that this was meant to show to the West that it was a popular decision taken by the legislators themselves. This reflects poorly on the official strategy of coping with what is undoubtedly the most serious issue today. There is a need under the circumstances that the government, in concert with all the political parties, put its act together and come up with a coherent policy to deal with the militants.