No great advance has ever been made in science, politics or religion, without controversy. Lyman Beecher The time may have come where Pakistans fledgling democracy requires a proper prescription that will enable it to take firm root, and thus grow into a strong institution. What is seen now has not only confused a majority of Pakistani citizens, but also created an atmosphere where an attitude of indifference has enveloped the entire nation. Many fancy ideas are currently floating in the air, but none falls within the parameters of democratic norms. Some ideas may lead to unforeseen consequences for the country. Others like establishing a government of technocrats or following the Bangladesh model, should be outrightly rejected by all those who believe that the will of the people must prevail. But the question is: Who will write the prescription for democracy that not only introduces unadulterated democratic values, but also ensures that it grows and prospers in the days to come? It would be in the fitness of things, if a team of distinguished Pakistani scholars and intellectuals - drawn from all the provinces - work together and come up with a plan for the survival of democracy, and guarantees that no foul play derails it. In case this is not done quickly, the present state of affairs, which has led to despondency and confusion among the people, will harm the democratic setup. For example, currently a debate is going on in which it is being depicted as if all the government institutions are at loggerheads. It seems that the media hype surrounding certain observations, which are not verdicts/decisions of the Supreme Court, are mainly responsible for the hopelessness that is seen in our society today It is unfortunate that irresponsibility shown by some people to create this impression is a slow poison for democracy. Undoubtedly, there are certain sections in the media and some maverick politicians too, who want to convert their bad desires into reality. To achieve their objectives, they always try to present an exaggerated viewpoint of the executive or the judiciary about sensitive issues; it will be better if these gems of wisdom are ignored by the people. The conditions, thus, created have not only injured the democratic norms of the country, but also resulted in an extreme negative effect on its economy. Its economy, which is under tremendous pressure due to multiple reasons, has been politicalised in such a way that it has become almost impossible to tackle the financial problems. However, it would not be wrong, if the ruling elite is not entirely blamed for the poor state of the economy. For instance, successive governments have failed to impose agricultural income tax because a vast majority of the elected representatives belong to the feudal class. At the same time, the government failed to introduce the Reformed General Sales Tax, or GST, only because the politicians, whose vote bank is in the urban centres of Sindh and Punjab, opposed it. With this, it becomes easy to understand why even the basic economic decisions are not put in place that resulted in the further weakening of the economy. Therefore, whenever a prescription is written, it should take within its orbit each and every component so that democracy takes root and the country progresses economically in the years to come. As far as the present state of affairs is concerned, there is a ray of hope because of the maturity, tolerance and patience that has been displayed by the superior judiciary and the two other pillars of the state. For those who were projecting a showdown between the executive and the judiciary, and then between Parliament and judiciary, were rightly snubbed when nothing happened. Anyway, to avoid confrontation between the state institutions, the best solution is provided by the 1973 Constitution, that is, all the three pillars of the government should operate within their domains. But the paramount duty remains with Parliament, which must make and implement laws that provide relief to the common man and help boost the economy. As far as the executive is concerned, its role is well defined and it must adhere to it, as defined in the Constitution. The judiciary too plays a vital role in any country; it corrects the wrongs committed by the executive and interprets the laws that are framed by Parliament to see that they do not come in conflict with the basic tenants of the Constitution. However, the trouble arises when one pillar of the government overreaches and there is reason for the other pillar to believe that its constitutional role has been encroached upon. In Pakistan, the judiciary is doing a tremendous job by keeping a check on the decisions of the executive. But, at times, the media has highlighted certain observations by the court in such a way where an atmosphere of confrontation seems to have developed between these institutions. For many, this is a transition period and the teething problems that are, at times, painful for one institution or the other will slowly pass away allowing democracy to prosper in Pakistan. One hopes things will soon settle down in their grooves, as defined by the Constitution. Having said that, it must also be remembered that if the people continue to believe that they have no active role to play in the affairs, no prescription, however perfect, will be able to put Pakistan on the long journey towards peace, harmony, economic growth and democracy. The writer has been associated with various newspapers as editor and columnist. At present, he hosts a political programme on Pakistan Television. Email: