Political roundabouts are playing an "important" role in the national as well as international politics. A round of talks on this or that issue is not a new phenomenon. And, these roundabouts keep going round and around in an unending and unproductive manner and still none ventures to say, "enough is enough." Rounds of talks over the lingering unresolved Kashmir issue and other irritants in the friendly and neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan over the years and decades now as a matter of fact form part of the history. These talks between the two countries have established one thing - if you want to resort to dilly dallying tactics without being accused of the same, it is better to start talking in an unabated manner. Hold a couple of rounds of talks at various levels without resolving any matter and start another round of talks after some time on the same issue. Kashmir issue is the main stumbling block in the process of normalising relations which has been on for the last many years. While the Kashmir issue remains unresolved, in all fairness, it is India which is gaining a lot and Pakistan is a loser flat out. It is a matter of record that the Pakistani government has been quite emphatically stating time and again that there would be no formal trade relations between New Delhi and Islamabad unless and until the Kashmir issue is resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiris and the resolution adopted by the United Nations, more than five decades back. However, brushing aside the Kashmir issue, India is ready to provide all the facilities to the people including the Kashmiris for visiting each other countries. After all, when the people start meeting each other freely and frequently, it is obvious that pleasant developments will overshadow the irritants that still hamper the normalisation of relations as the rounds of talks continue to take place at various levels - some headway is surely made on this or that front but ensuring the Kashmir issue is not touched at all. And, now Indian films are also being released in Pakistan simultaneously with India despite the fact that import of Indian films was banned four decades back and the ban still remains intact while nobody is least bothered about the impacts of Indian movies on the local the film industry and on our culture. Anyway, while the Kashmir issue is the main irritant in the normalisation of relations between the two countries, somehow the judicial crisis has started threatening the political and democratic process to a great extent. The restoration of the deposed CJ and the judges of the superior courts have overshadowed all other matters of public importance and concern to the extent that PPP led ruling coalition has not been able to pay attention to the peoples' more pressing problems, besides the Kashmir issue. PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif both are committed to the restoration of the superior judiciary but somehow they differ over the modus operandi. And to resolve the matter, both Zardari and Sharif have held rounds and rounds of talks in Islamabad, Lahore, Dubai and London but nothing has yet come out to resolve the judicial crisis amicably and save the deteriorating national economy from a total collapse. The judicial issue is far from being resolved despite increasing the number of sanctioned strength of the Supreme Court of Pakistan from 17 to 29. However, the politics of roundabouts is going on and on both nationally and internationally in an unending and unproductive manner, indeed. In the process, nobody seems to be worried and concerned about the declining national economy as it is being pleaded by the quarters concerned that the independent judiciary is more essentially required than a strong, growing national economy. Time is running out and remember it waits for nobody, ever. The writer is a freelance columnist analyst