THE militants stand no ground against Pakistan army and consequently are on the run. But despite that, they continue to stick to their philosophy of extremism and violence, committing acts of terror wherever possible and giving a bad name to Islam. They tend to twist the true spirit and meaning of the religion by their acts like suicide attacks, ban on music, forbidding women to go out of their homes and discouraging sports of all kind. The attack on Friday on a girls' school in Peshawar is part of the same tendency that stands against a progressive Pakistan conceived by the founding fathers of the nation. Just a day earlier, the militants had destroyed a girls' school in South Waziristan. So far, a total of 191 schools have been blown up by them in Swat valley and elsewhere. But when it comes to violence, they are capable of much more. Reportedly, they have been killing people and burying them in secret graves that were found by the police in parts of Malakand division. Acts of the sort are a far cry from the teachings of the religion they claim to be fighting for in Swat. Consider the confession made by a suicide bomber in the custody of police that he would kill his own parents if ordered to do so. The disclosure made by a private TV Channel that most of the leadership of the Taliban had taken neither religious nor conventional education would explain why they resort to the extremes. Meanwhile, there have been disturbing reports that the militants are spreading their network, albeit secretly in parts of country. Two of the most prominent places are Azad Kashmir and Southern Punjab, which the Interior Minister Rehman Malik warns is another Swat in the making. Likewise, the death of two soldiers in a suicide attack in Muzaffarabad should set alarm bells ringing because this is the first suicide attack in Azad Kashmir clearly pointing to the inroads the militants are making into the area.