Both the parties have promised that they will retored the judges removed by President Musharraf. But they are not fulfilling that promise. According to The Nation editorial comment, as General Musharraf continues to stand by his November 3 unconstitutional acts, it is quite worrisome to see the leaders of the two main parties in the ruling coalition remaining bogged down in seemingly endless discussions on the issue of the deposed judges' restoration even after several rounds of negotiations.
Hopefully they will resolve their differences without any further loss of time. The President's otherwise laughable pretence that November 3 measures were essential to the restoration of democracy in the country must be seen in the context of the highly complex situation his position is likely to create during the course of governance. One should have expected him to realise by now that he had grievously erred in taking on the judiciary, especially after the whole world had condemned his moves and also the Pakistani public had given an unmistakably adverse verdict on the issue. Otherwise his oft-repeated stance of working smoothly with any democratic set-up that comes into power makes little sense.
The situation makes it all the more necessary for both Mr Asif Ali Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif to quickly sort out their differences and attend to the business of the state. Both should display political maturity and respond to the demand of the time to keep the coalition intact, even if they have to cede certain points to each other as neither of them can afford to opt out. As they remain engaged in negotiations, the people are becoming increasingly restless about serious economic developments in the country, which are crying out for government attention.
The runaway inflation has created a crisis-like condition that could take a turn for the worse and even cause serious social unrest. The general public is looking up to the new leadership to come to its rescue and take measures to either reduce the prices of essential goods, especially food items, or devise a system to help it out of the situation. Unfortunately, the government's response has been repeated hike in the prices of petroleum products that has a snowball effect and pushes up the costs of goods and services all round.
In the meantime, one hopes that the legal fraternity would not execute its threat of launching a new movement in the country now that the deadline of April 30 had passed without the deposed judges having been restored. The civil society and the lawyers must appreciate the point that while their impatience with the military-led Musharraf regime could be fully justified, they must give enough time to a popularly elected government that has just assumed power before thinking of any action.