Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is patching and mimicking Khalil Gibran. The four/five months old coalition between the Pakistan People's Party and Pakistan Muslim League-N has collapsed. Asif Ali Zardari reneged on all agreements signed by him with the other major coalition partner, calling them as political statements not as sacrosanct as the Quran and Hadith. He has, however, apologized for inconvenience to Nawaz Sharif. The People's Party all this period led the coalition government, yet it had been taking all the decisions from military operations to judges issue and nomination for presidential office, on its own without taking other coalition partners into confidence. Now the PPP says the judges will be restored through a presidential order after its nominee Asif Ali Zardari assumes the office of President. This may be another political statement carrying no credence. After the PPP government settled down at the centre the first thing its Minister for Water and Power did was to announce that Kalabagh Dam project has been finally abondened for ever. Subsequently the same minister told the National Assembly that all the dams including Kalabagh Dam that were approved by the Cabinet on Jan 17, 2006 shall be built. The common man wonders which of the two statements was to be brushed aside as political jugglery. The country the other day reportedly experienced shortfall of around 5400 MW of electricity following the closure of five power houses owing to furnace oil shortage. The result was that power consumers faced abrupt loadshedding of relatively longer hours than normal load management schedules. Asif Ali is a true believer not putting political promises at par with dictates of the Quran and Hadith. On fulfilling ones promises the Holy Quran says: And keep your promises. Surely this will be inquired (on the day of reckoning) Sura XVII Bani Israel Ayat 34. Again on guarding pledges the Holy Quran says: (Successful also are those) who are true to their trusts and pledges (Sura Mumineen Ayat 8). On not practising what one says the Quran says: Oye Who believe Why Say ye who ye do not? It is most hateful in the sight of Allah that ye say that which ye do not. Sura Saff LXI Ayat 2 and 3) Differing on the judges issue with PML-N, Asif Ali Zardari said the forces that forced Musharraf to resign did not want restoration of judges. The common man believes that public pressure of the vibrant civil society made Musharraf quit. The same civil society also stands for across the board reinstatement of the judges to their pre-November 3 position. But Asif Ali Zardari has something fearful luring on his mind which he is hiding. He seems to be under mental stress. British newspaper the Financial Times the other day published excerpts from medical reports about Zardari's unsound mind presented on his behalf before the Swiss Court hearing money laundering case against him. According to judicial document medical diagnosis spread over two years disclosed his insanity, mental stress and distress. After his release from jail Zardari's doctors examined him in March 2007 and found him short of memory, psychological stresses and emotional instability. The doctor noted that he did not mark any improvement in his state of mind. A noted New York Psychiatrist observed that Asif Ali Zardari could not recall the dates of birth of his wife and children. The psychiatrist said the mental state of Zardari was such that the doctor feared that Zardari might think of committing suicide. According to the newspaper on the basis of these documents Zardari was able to get quashed corruption cases against him. Pakistan High Commissioner in Britain Wajid Shamsul Hasan has however told the Financial Times that Asif Ali Zardari had been regularly getting himself medically examined and doctors have declared him fit. Pakistan constitution debars a person of unsound mind being elected as president. Mental stress of Zardari is manifest in initiation of selective restoration of the deposed judges of the superior courts. The selection may tell upon independence of judiciary. Eight of the former deposed judges have rejoined the Sindh High Court after making fresh oath. Obviously this is reappointment and not reinstatement. The high hierarchy of People's Party has many mouths on the judges issue. The common man is confused to determine which one voice to be believed. The common man is keeping his fingers crossed lest the fox statesman and juggler philosopher should carry the day to make the nation pitiable again. Yet an independent and effective media is in place. Fast emerging vibrant civil society is there to brook no extreme incongruity. The lawyers community has reactivated its moments with sit-ins at several places. What is required is that the people may seek Allah's forgiveness for their political and social sins. May be something good turns up.