One would view Prime Minister’s Special Adviser’s on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s statement that the army has now given it the signal which would prompt it to formulate policies on its own with a pinch of salt. That he was talking against the backdrop of the drone attacks and talks with India was quite obvious when he made a clear reference to these grey areas, long been a bone of contention between the civil and the military.But precisely why he felt the need to say that evinces a fear of the armed forces. It leaves the hint pretty clear that GHQ is still one of the centres of power whose prior consent is invariably a passport to any government of the day where drones or talks with India are concerned. And why is that, since the parliament is led by the PML-N which not only happens to be the one elected by the people’s will but also carries a heavy mandate. Legislators and parliamentarians are the ones who should be in the driving seat when it comes to steering the country forward; wherever they feel they need to put their foot down, they should assert themselves without taking into consideration what any other institution might think. That is what democracy is largely about; giving power to the people’s elected representatives and from them to the people themselves. Mr Sartaj might have made the statement in order to clear the air that the army is on the same page with the federal government and that there is no antagonism between them. While this might be intended to dispel rumour mongering, that does not show confidence in the power of the ballot.The idea seems to suggest that democratic dispensation is still at the beck and call of the army. Granted elected setups in the past have been acting independently regardless of any fear from any quarter, and they were victimised for that; now that is changing. The parliament is gaining strength, which calls on the public representatives to be self-confident while holding top-tier portfolios.