THE warnings of dire consequences and ultimatums by non-state actors in the country are becoming more frequent. While urging the government to desist from the use of force against them, the militants at the same time showcase their special breed of would-be suicide bombers and the havoc they could bring. On Sunday, it was the same sort of sabre-ratting by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan leader of Swat chapter Maulana Fazlullah, who threatened the government with bomb attacks in case it launched any offensive against them. And if it did not heed his warning, he said, he had a squad of bombers at hand ready to lay down their lives for the cause they hold dear. The militants in general and the TTP in particular have become too provocative to be ignored by the government, which has been trying to hammer out a solution of the conflict at the conference table, something it remains committed to do but, unfortunately, the Taliban behaviour inspires anything but confidence. Though Maulana Fazlullah said that bullets would be returned with bullets and talks with talks, the TTP's track record in abiding by peace accords, for instance the one signed with the good offices of the NWFP government on May 21, does not raise much hope. But the TTP should know that no govt worth the name would get intimidated by such tactics. Its first priority invariably is to ensure that the writ of the state prevails.