ON the face of it, these are just two points among the 70-point package but they form the core of the document. Little wonder they are a bone of contention. The rejection by the PML-N parliamentary body on Monday of the PPP's constitutional package, especially on two most vexing issues of the reinstatement of judges and the future of the President, affirms that there is still some unfinished business. The PML-N body was categorical in its stance by ruling out the possibility of judges getting restored through the constitutional package. Secondly, it made it clear that no part of the package giving indemnity to President Musharraf's November 3 extraconstitutional acts would be accepted. That in one way means doing away with the NRO promulgated by the President, which gives legal cover to PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari from the cases filed against him. Apparently, this brings the situation back to square one. Particularly to the uncertain scenario when the PML-N Ministers had left the Cabinet. Broadly speaking, the PML-N's disagreement with the abovementioned points only reflects the popular sentiment. And precisely because of this factor the party might not backpedal on this position. Of late, the party leadership had been calling for a trial of the President, saying that no safe exit should be extended to him. At the same time, it has maintained its stance that it wanted an independent judiciary. How this would fit into the PPP's scheme of things remains to be seen. The repercussions of such a collision is something the country can ill afford. Though it is reassuring to hear Mian Nawaz Sharif's saying that the outstanding differences would in no way lead to the parting of the ways, one doesn't know where the course of things might lead to. The legal community has this time around embarked on a more vigorous campaign for the judges' reinstatement. The APDM has given a call to stage a huge protest rally round Parliament for the same cause. Add to this, is the enervating energy crisis, which has forced the citizens to take to the streets and pelt the offices of WAPDA and PEPCO with stones. Hope recedes further and further into oblivion when one views the precarious law and order situation in the country's northwest. The revival of suicide bombings is yet another cause for concern. Fulfilling the promises made to the electorate, elevating the common man's lot and ensuring political stability must be the paramount consideration of the present set-up. It would be in the interest of the nation and the elected leadership as well if the present stalemate ends quickly.