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September 4, 2010

New crisis

Sports

September 4, 2010

This is in response to your editorial "New crisis" (Sep 2). I was wondering how to interpret the inaction on the part of the government regarding the appointment of 32 judges in place of those ad-hoc judges who would be retiring during the current month. Is this inaction deliberate? Is it to test the response of the Supreme Court? Or is it intended to create an unwarranted institutional crisis? Your suggestion that all state institutions must work in tandem is very praiseworthy. It is the realisation of this objective on the part of all the state institutions which will help achieve integration rather than fragmentation in their working. But it is sad to note that the rulers in Islamabad are totally oblivious of this important national compulsion.
The sort of fuzziness that one notices in the working of the federal government leaves much to be desired. There is no sense of direction. As a consequence of this lack of direction, the entire nation is at a loss to figure out where we are headed. Even though one would not endorse what has been demanded by Mr Altaf Hussain, if the present ways of the leadership in Islamabad continue, then no one else but these leaders will have to shoulder all the blame for any shake up in the present governance structure. Let us hope and pray that our rulers will wake up and reform their ways to avoid any risks to the present political dispensation.
Dr Zafar Qureshi
LUMS,
Lahore

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