AFTER being driven to the wall by the Punjab Government the PML-Q leadership is now desperately trying to fill the political space created by a split between the two mainstream parties at the federal level to avenge the excesses being committed against its workers across the province. Talking to journalists in Gujrat on the Eid day, Party President Ch Shujaat Hussain restricted himself to advising President Asif Ali Zardari to convene an all parties conference to discuss the crises confronting the nation to evolve a comprehensive strategy to deal with them, while his younger brother Wajahat Hussain went to the extent of saying that his party was ready to become part of the ruling coalition. There will not be many to get carried away by Ch Shujaat's observation that his party wants to see the Punjab government complete its tenure especially when his younger brother is being targeted by the provincial administration for allegedly harbouring criminals in his home district. Ch Wajahat's statement that the PML-Q has decided in principle to join hands with the ruling coalition might only be political in nature. But the fact remains that it was the PML-N leadership that provided it the opportunity to come in contact with the PPP by pulling out of the alliance. The decision came as a consequence of the differences between the two mainstream parties over the judges' issue and its reverberations were subsequently felt in Punjab. A visible friction between the Governor House and the CM Secretariat prevailed for some time. In case the PML-Q manages to mend fences with the PPP that may lead to the change of regime in Punjab, the PML-N will have itself to blame. The only way to prevent the system from destabilisation is that the leaderships of both mainstream parties demonstrate some flexibility, work together to strengthen democracy and rid the nation of the miseries it had suffered over the past nine years of a most repressive dictatorship.