THE judicial crisis is now getting internationalised. UN human rights chief Louise Arbour while addressing a group of journalist in Islamabad has emphasized the need to end the deadlock by urging the parties concerned not to drag the matter over ticklish issues. While one hopes that the government would lend an ear to her advice, the fact that it took a global body like the UN to express its concern over the problem is a sad commentary on our leadership's failure to steer the country out of the predicament. Apart from that the US also seems to be getting unnerved on seeing its key ally losing its focus by getting bogged down in a legal issue. Assistant Secretary of Sate Richard Boucher in his forthcoming visit is expected to push Islamabad for a speedy resolution of the judicial stalemate. In the meanwhile, PML(N) leader Mian Nawaz Sharif continues his party's struggle to get the deposed judges back on the bench. At present, in support of the judicial cause, he has vowed to bring in people's strength by launching a popular movement. The party leadership's warning about parting of the ways with its coalition partner PPP should pace things up but the fact of the matter is that the PML(N) is equally responsible for delaying the restoration. Its recent demand for the expulsion of the PCO judges has further complicated the process. Moreover, this condition is not to be found anywhere in the Murree Declaration. After the PPP brought forward the constitutional package, the possibility of restoration seemed to materialize, but it was this question of PCO judges, which turned the matter into a Gordian knot. Therefore both the parties need to review their approach. On the other side of the tunnel, the fury of the legal activists persists. Though the government has taken some steps to cool down the movement like abolishing certain restrictions in the Legal Practitioners Act, allowing double shifts etc, the need is to go for a timely restoration. The legal fraternity would certainly appreciate these steps but its stance on the judge's reinstatement is crystal clear. More than that, the black coat's desperations seems to increase. President SCBA Aitzaz Ahsan's words that the movement may go violent sends a chill down one's spine. The United Nations worry is not to be taken lightly. Certainly the PPP and PML(N) could muster up the will for a successful conclusion of the situation. The unnecessary delay has almost turned the problem into a political one. This could have severe repercussions on the performance of judiciary, which is supposed to be free and impartial.