As nucleus of the administrative machinery, country's mighty bureaucracy apparently seems successful in moulding even the key policy decisions made by the democratically elected governments. That, though, has put a dark shadow on the future of democracy in Pakistan. This concern was reinforced recently when the powerful bureaucracy blocked implementation of the Presidential Ordinance 2009 regarding reinstatement in service of government employees sacked on political grounds between 1996 to 1998. The Presidential Ordinance 2009 promulgated on February 14, 2009, granted these employees relief of one step promotion and payment of three years back benefits with one years arrears at the time of reinstatement. The condition of employees reinstated in non-revenue institutions like the Intelligence Bureau, ZTBL, TCP that are totally reliant on government grants is more pitiable than those reinstated in 'earning' institutions like SSGC, SNGPL, PSO etc where the newly reinstated employees have been given one year arrears straightaway. All reinstated employees are confronted with multiple unresolved issues and problems related to their reemployment since rejoining the service five months back. They have not been accepted by their professional colleagues and bosses, at least not psychologically, as regular employees of their organization. Often, they are also refused payment of their allowances/ medical bills for untold reasons. -ABDUL NASIR MEHSUD, Islamabad, via e-mail, August 24.