The 'disqualification' of PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif by the PCO judges and the attempts to disqualify Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif seem to be an attempt to send the leaders of the most popular party in the country into political oblivion. Whosoever is the mastermind of these vile machinations needs a lesson in political history and its dynamics. Only recently have both these leaders returned from an exile during which time the one-sided propoganda machine of the previous regime surpassed Goebbels' record of lying to sully their record. The result of this one-sided propoganda: Nawaz Sharif today has an approval rating of 86% according to international observers. The fact is that it is just not possible to have one-sided politics through 'removal' of popular opponents. Had this been the case the appeal of ZA Bhutto to his followers would have evaporated long ago. The roots of Pakistan's on-going politico-constitutional crisis lie in the military takeover of October 12, 1999. Not only was the clock sought to be turned back through force then but a pernicious process of legal and constitutional retardation was set in motion. This has now come to a point where its rotten smell permeates every fibre of our society. It is comforting to note that both the PPP and the PML-N are bound by the Charter of Democracy to restore the constitution to its position of 12th October 1999. In the presence of this agreement the need for any constitutional package cannot be justified. For the PML-N it would be futile and aggravating to negotiate a fresh constitutional package and its insistence should just be upon the restoration of the pre-Musharraf constitution. Moreover, amending the present constitution would bestow legitimacy to it and its raison d'etre. The formation of the coalition government was hailed as a great step forward in our politics and a sign of maturity of the political class. Both Mr Sharif and Mr Zardari were able to hammer down an agreement for power sharing in which the PPP would lead the Federal government and the PML-N would lead the provincial government in Punjab. The number of cabinet ministers from each party in both governments was mutually agreed between the two. Issues such as the restoration of the November 2 judiciary and the impeachment of the President were also agreed upon. However, who would occupy the Presidency post Musharraf was an issue that did not crop up in any of the joint declarations both sides made. It cannot be ascertained from mere press reports that this vital issue was ever discussed between the two or any formula devised between them. Herein lies the rub it seems. Those wishing to disqualify Mr Nawaz Sharif from the assembly do not seem to be doing so only to prevent him from becoming a member of the National Assembly but seem to be trying to prevent him from becoming a candidate for the office of President. How? If Mr Sharif is marginalised through a technicality by the PCO judges for his MNA election this automatically would disqualify him from being a candidate for the election of President. On more than two occasions in the past two weeks Mr Zardari has said the next President will be from the PPP who will yell 'long live' Bhutto in the Presidency while jiyalas dance. Instead of creating polarisation in the coalition and the country it would be advisable for Mr Zardai to know that this 'winner-take-all' approach, after all the good work done in putting together the coalition, would wreck the chances for democracy to flourish. The sooner Mr Zardari meets Mr Sharif to settle who will occupy the Presidency post Musharraf the better it would be for the coalition and the democratic system. Both parties could settle the issue by agreeing to 'share' the term of Presidency over the next five years. It would be, needless to say, that it's going to be a national disaster if the coalition falls apart and the PML-N is forced into the Opposition. This would only spell chaos. No dirty politics please The writer is a PML(N) activist based in UK