The Prime Minister ex udes a genteel charm and easygoing mannerism, which can lull one into a false sense of things are bound to resolve themselves. Whatever his real inclinations and views, they are veiled in the proverbial Seraiki charm and it was no different on Thursday morning when a few journalists were hosted for breakfast by Prime Minister Gilani. The tone and tenor of the meeting also succumbed to this charm and became almost conciliatory even though the questions and comments remained hard-hitting. However, charm, no matter how welcome in the prevailing environment, resolves nothing substantive and national issues will remain where they are without concrete efforts to resolve them. For instance, on the judiciary-executive growing clash, the PM merely stated that this issue would resolve itself. He also gave way to an assumption, unspoken, that within the public the tide was turning against the judiciary and in favour of the present political leadership In fact, according to him, outside Islamabad, the public at large was already behind the PPP leadership as the GB elections had shown - coming as they did in the wake of the SCs NRO judgement. Fielding many questions on why there could not be a reaching out to the judiciary and some understanding between it and the executive, the PM appeared his usual sanguine self and said all would be worked out Either he knows more than anyone else or it was his normal optimism On the President and his holding of two offices, the PM repeated his question whether separation of these offices was doable and answered in the negative. He tried to explain that even if the President was to give up his party office, he would still be exercising covert power and any request he sent to a minister would be implemented. He pointed to the temporary handing over of party leadership by Benazir Bhutto to Amin Fahim and Mian Nawaz Sharif to his brother - because of pending cases - and asked whether that had made any difference in who was actually controlling things? But it was pointed out to him that at the time neither of these party leaders was holding the highest office of the state. The President represents Pakistan and cannot be representing one particular party - unlike a prime minister who holds a political office and normally holds the leadership of his party also in a parliamentary system. On this point the PM refused to waiver but had little to argue on from the other side He said we should all wait to see what the Supreme Court has to say on the case As for the Swiss cases reopening, he established that under the Constitution of Pakistan, the President has immunity so how could the PM waive that and agree to sending a letter to the Swiss authorities. When it was pointed out to him that the cases were closed when Zardari was not the President and that he cannot be given immunity against past actions, once again the PM responded by saying one should wait for court decisions on these issues The same response was garnered in connection with the issue of the Presidents eligibility to hold this office in the first place Clearly, since the PM showed such commitment to the decisions of the SC, one assumed he was being pushed on issues like the Rehman Maliks pardon One could sense, between the spoken words, the dilemma the PM faced on two recent issues: that of Interior Minister Rehman Malik and the Dasti election campaign. With his references to Rehman Baba it was evident that the PM found it difficult to defend the man and his pardon - although he held forth in that vain effort. Perhaps the reference to Malik as Rehman Baba was enough insight into his thinking. It was pointed out to him that Rehman Malik was a bureaucrat, not a politician, when he was, as he claims, politically victimised; the PM tried to explain that certain officials get linked to certain political leaders and can be victimised but as was pointed out to him, this logic if extended would mean that only the ordinary citizen can be moved against on corruption charges On the Dasti issue, the PM was at pains to explain why he had to prove to his party that he was loyal to the Co-Chairmans decision to give the ticket to Mr Dasti. Although again unstated, it was not difficult to assess that in the PPPs meeting to decide the tickets, where according to PM Gilani everyone had their day, he was opposed to giving the ticket to Mr Dasti. However, since the other candidate was the PMs brother, he felt obliged to go the extra mile to prove his party loyalty. Of course one was not told who advocated the development projects he announced when he went to campaign for Dasti The PM did concede that the Defence Minister spoke out of turn on the issue of the COAS extension and it was pointed out to him that the Defence Minister seems to have a natural proclivity for doing that While he conceded that the Government could adopt a high moral ground by removing those ministers from the Cabinet who have corruption question marks hanging over their heads, he was not prepared to act on this count. But then political morality has never been a high priority in this country All in all, the PM remained his genial self and it was only when one left the PM House that one realised that he had not conceded ground on any issue. A government and a leadership that feels it is not in the wrong on any count but is a constant victim even when in power is certainly not going to change course on any issue. The more the pity for this nation