DESPITE a number of drawbacks and unresolved issues, the peace accord in Swat had roused expectations of peace in what once used to be referred to as the tourists' paradise in Pakistan. Many had hoped that an improved version of the accord could serve as a template for peace in other volatile tribal areas. The statement by TSNM chief Sufi Muhammad, who mediated between the NWFP government and TTP Swat leader Maulvi Fazlullah, has, however, created doubts about the sustainability of the accord. The Maulana has threatened to quit the peace deal, accusing the NWFP government of not fulfilling its obligations under it. The two grievances he has voiced concern the authority of the Qazi courts, which according to him remains restricted, and the failure by the government to annul what he calls laws contradictory to Islamic teachings. As he has not explained how the powers of Qazis have been restricted or which laws he considers repugnant to Islam, it is difficult to comment on the issue. Had there been any laws in Swat or anywhere else in the country contradictory to Islamic teachings, the religious parties would have raised the issue long ago. This is all the more unbelievable as the Constitution does not allow enactment of laws repugnant to Islam. Does Sufi Muhammad has his own concept of what really constitutes Islamic laws different from that of the ulema who signed the Constitution? The TTP holds views against the education of girls, which most Muslims in Pakistan do not share. It would be unfortunate if Sufi Muhammad were to be veering towards an extremist view of Islam different from that of the vast majority. When the accord was being signed, the government leaders in NWFP had maintained that it enjoyed the blessings of President Asif Zardari and others in Islamabad who matter. Its details, however, were not provided to the media, which had given birth to concerns. While the accord had been duly ratified by the NWFP government, it has not yet been signed by the President. This too rouses suspicions. The subsequent remarks by President Zardari, denying that he had given approval to Shariat laws, have caused further confusion. There is a need under the circumstances on the part of the NWFP government to explain whether any provisions of the agreement have in fact been violated. It is time the accord is publicized so that there is no confusion. There is a need to introduce transparency in public dealings. Whatever immediate benefits might accrue to politicians from secret pacts and underhand deals, they can in the long run cause much greater harm.