Islamabad - Intense reconciliation efforts finally led to steering the country out of the turmoil, pleasantly changing the hot political tempers into all smiles ahead of the scheduled chaotic lawyers long march. Prime Minister Gillani's announcement early this morning regarding reinstatement of the deposed judges of the Supreme Court, doing away with 25 February actions and the road map to implement Charter of Democracy (CoD) has defused the crises. The move would go long way in Pakistan's political history and definitely help promote stability in the country on one hand and strengthening of country's justice system, democracy and the national economy on the other. Though it is premature to give any objective assessment about the modalities of reinstatement of the deposed judges, particularly the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and implementing CoD, ostensibly it looks certain that apart from the Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani some major foreign powers had played crucial role in securing the deal. This is significant in relation to Pakistan's future role in the war on terror in line with US strategy. However, it was still not clear about the fate of General (Retd) Musharraf's pre-November 3, 2007 actions pertaining to second emergency he imposed under a constitutional cover. Moreover, the political pundits were of the view that the PML-N would most likely rejoin the ruling coalition at the Centre and PPP-PML-N government in Punjab. The PML-N had left the federal cabinet last year as mark of protest over the PPP failure to implement the Murree Accord signed by the two parties for reinstatement of deposed judges sacked by General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf. The political pundits were of the view that the move would pave way for the appointment of non-controversial governor at the most populated Punjab province. They believed that lawyers Long March supported by the PML-N and other opposition parties might have resulted into a bloody showdown with the PPP-led coalition government had the reconciliation efforts failed. Earlier, the reconciliation efforts suffered serious blow when the government offered to restore the deposed judges through a judicial commission should the lawyers' fraternity, civil society and opposition parties abandon their long march plan. The move did not click and was rejected by the long march sponsors who demanded reinstatement of judges only thorough executive order. Political pundits believed the government proposal did not click merely because of the trust deficit and as a belated initiative. And so was the fate of government proposals to allow the participants of the Long March to use other venues to stage their sit-in. And, therefore, the lawyers launched their long march forcing all the major world powers as well as national patriotic elements to intervene to rescue the situation and they finally prevailed on the government to concede to the demands. Some heads are also expected to roll in the wake of these dramatic developments especially those people who had ill-advised the government in imposing governor rule in the Punjab and subsequent unwise administrative actions. Government's ill-timed moves to tackle the Long March issue through unwise administrative steps such as blocking the major highways and roads leading to Islamabad by using shipping containers did not pay off either. Rather these moves had cost the country direly, hitting the fragile national economy and external trade after the government impounded more than 5,000 containers, trailers and trucks to thwart lawyers' long march. These steps had also earned bad name for the country because all the major shipping companies operating to and from Pakistan had protested over the manner their in-transit containerized goods had been mishandled ahead of being delivered to their destinations. Since nearly eighty five per cent of country's exports and imports moved and transported by roads, the government action would lead to increase manifold the transport costs manifold. Most of the impounded containers and vehicles had carried goods exports, imports and raw material for domestic consumption. In short terms, the country may face shortage of commodities because of imported goods piling up at the ports, giving further boost to the rampant inflation as result of demurrage and other additional costs. The trade gap would also increase as a result of these steps besides faltering efforts to meet country's annual export target of $21.2 billion. Official data shows that country's trade deficit during July to February 2009 stood at $11.621 billion with exports totaling $12.156 billion and imports $23.78 billion. Country's imports during the first eight months have shown a slight decline of 1.5 per cent whereas in February 2009 alone imports fell drastically by 41 per cent when compared to imports in the same month last year.