IT is quite amusing to hear the much-touted financial and economic expert, former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, putting the blame for the country's present economic woes at the door of the caretakers who ran the country for barely four months with the main assignment of holding an impartial general election. His government's failure to provide basic infrastructural projects like, for instance, power-generating units that take years to develop and has led to agonising shutdowns, stalling progress virtually in every facet of life, he unconvincingly attributes to the "economic boom" he had brought about. That boom did not take long to bust, though; for it was built on the ill-intentioned principle of further enriching the rich and ignoring the interests of the poor and the middle classes. Only time will settle the point whether the PPP and the PML(N) are just being held together by the "glue" of Musharraf. Indications so far, however, are that they are committed to stick together despite differences, though recalling their past behaviour, as Mr Aziz seems to be doing, one would have an uneasy feeling of the revival of the old scenario. We would like to think that their leaderships have learnt enough from the past bickering and would now remain together to give democracy a sure footing in the country. And thus they would not disappoint the people of Pakistan, who have yearned for long for the rule of law and democracy to flourish in the country. Once that has come about, the US 'wariness' about their leaderships would be of little relevance.