What is happening in our country, the verdict and all, is no surprise. We should now get used to these jokes. We have novices ruling the country in a system that is totally unbalanced but they still call it 'democratic'. What has amazed me most is that Zardari had a decision of the Supreme Court in his pocket and he instructed his PM to offer a deal to Sharif brothers in exchange for ...whatever. That a decision of the apex court can be made favourable or unfavourable with the sleight of a hand is rather damning. Are the honourable SC judges Mr. Zardari's personal servants? Is Supreme Court of Pakistan so cheap and saleable that Zardari can have the verdict of his choice from it? What is happening in our country? -AMJAD H MIRZA, Lahore, via e-mail, February 27.