Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has won the first round. Not only was its principal interlocutor Maulana Samiul Haq entertained to a sumptuous breakfast at the Prime Minister House he has also won Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's concurrence that state is prepared to meet the Taliban leadership and talk of peace. Early last month when Samiul Haq said the prime minister asked him to arrange talks with Taliban his claim was rubbished by the government. But then government set up a committee to initiate talks, to which the TPP promptly responded by nominating a team of its interlocutors with same Samiul Haq as its head, surprising everyone in the county, including prime ministers' own close aides. Then the popular perception was that somewhere work is in hand to secure respite from targeted military operation. And that respite it got, though terrorism kept visiting the targets of its choice. Of late that kind of fondness for the TTP leadership seems to be a passion on the part of the government - a change of heart so bravely, if not brazenly, and confessed by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali. Winding up debate on the government's new internal security policy in the National Assembly the other day he said the TTP 'may be opposed to the government but they are not anti-Pakistan'. Nothing could be more diabolic. Yes, the Taliban-claimed violence during the last few weeks, particularly since the initiation of 'mazakrat'- though this violence has been target-specific. But the Taliban-owned terrorism was rampant even during the present parliamentary opposition was in power. Yes, a few politicians too suffered at the hands of the Taliban, but their main targets have been the state institutions particularly defence forces and security organisations, as well the man in the street. Then, they conceive the constitution of Pakistan un-Islamic, want parliamentary democracy replaced with caliphate headed by a person like Fazlullah, and entertain no respect for the country's geographic borders. If they are not anti-state what then are the anti-state forces? Chaudhry Nisar may say Additional Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan died at the hands of his own guard - if you accept his version that suicide-bombers killed during raid on Islamabad district courts were the only two assailants and refute scores of witnesses on the spot who insist they numbered many and some of them might be armed with other than Kalashnikovs. But if he intended conveying that the carnage in the capital's courts was the work of others and not of the TTP men then there is the problem.