It cannot go unnoticed by any keen observer of political scene that the new democratic government has its half foot in and half out of power. The substance of power remains with the Old Order. There is a diarchy. Even transfer of that little power to the new regime took place at a snail's pace. National Assembly was called after longer delay than is normal, calling of Provincial Assemblies had been too slow, and of Punjab inordinately slow, formation of provincial governments was delayed, and very much delayed in the Punjab. Questions are asked whether the incidents of hooliganism in Lahore, Karachi and then in Multan, one after the other within a week's time, were a show of force by the Old Order against the new. Are these Old Order's cards to strike a deal, on terms which will scuttle the mandate given to the new order. There is a surreptitious tussle of power between the new and Old Orders due to two factors. The western countries particularly America, Britain and EU want to retain Pervaiz Musharraf in power under some device or the other. These powers believe that a democratic Pakistan will not be subservient to them. It may choose its own agenda than accept foreign dictation, particularly the PML-N. Their experience is that one-man rule suits their interests best. It becomes dependent on their aid and support. Similarly, West prefers a judiciary which supports the dictators. This is exactly against the new mood of the country. In the elections the vote was caste in favour of democracy against military dictatorship, restoration of judiciary and rejection of Pakistan's subservience to foreign powers. So the new Assembly with such aims would not serve the interests of Western powers who want Pakistan t remain subservient to them. They are uncomfortable lest a real democratic regime comes to power in Pakistan. To convince the new leaders of the virtues of the Old Order's policies, several foreign personalities, one after the other, are coming to Pakistan as good salesmen that the new leaders should continue the old policies of being a cut out of western interests in their game in heartland of Asia. The foreign visitors are coming here to work on Pakistan's new leaders not to remove the Old Order, adhere to the old policies of the military regime and thus in essence there should not be a break with the past. They want the new leaders to turn away from their mandate. EU 's Solana's statement that Musharraf will complete his stint as President of Pakistan for next five years, and that sparrow of an American fry in Lahore expressing the same wish are open declarations of their support for the Old Order to remain in saddle. Both know well that they were violating well recognized diplomatic rules of not get embroiled in internal controversy yet they flouted the diplomatic etiquette. The offers of aid and threats at the same time by US to attack FATA are intended to brow beat the democratic rulers. The latest dinner by Yousaf Raza Gillani for President Musharraf with military top brass and leaders of the Coalition including PML-N ministers was a pointer to this effect. This dinner was a very meaningful pointer in this direction. Another was that the Army Chief and Chairman JS Committee were at the dinner of political leadership. All these things indicate PPP's intention to compromise and scuttle the election mandate.  On internal scene, the Old Order has strong hold on the levers of powers through its Governors, for example Isharat-ul-Ibad in Sindh and General Khalid Maqbool in Punjab. Malik Qayyum has stuck on as Advocate General; the "Nazims " and the Bureaucracy including the Police was stuffed by the King Party's nominees and favorites during the last nine years. The iron frame of administration is still Old Order's loyalists. The Nazim system invented by one Lieut. General Naqvi who had no experience of civil administration abolished the 200 years District Government through District Magistrates and police under the magistracy, Now with magistracy abolished the police is no longer under the administrative control of local administration . The real aim of General Naqvi's Nazim Scheme was to remove the professional administration and replace it with political protgs down to the lowest level. This factually established one party rule. This made the basis of running the administration through political favours and massive corruption. It is an irony of Pakistan that while theoretically a concept may look good when put to practice it fails to deliver what it was expected. Just like "ehtesab" or accountability of the high-ups through trials for corruptions. In practice "ehtesab" became a witch-hunt of the opposition leaders. So the label was appealing but it turned out to be exactly opposite to what was expected from it. Nazims were to be elected district heads with an elected council to advise them Professionalism of District Magistrate and magistracy was replaced by totally political administration. In the Nazims' elections the contestants are members of the political parties and loyal to the party which puts them up as candidates for the posts. So their loyalty is to the party they belong. This novel system had strange names about which public is still not clear what they stand for. Through long usage public knew what each old designation meant, and what were the functions of those designated officers. In addition in the last eight years of military regime aided by corrupt politicians with little support in the masses. Now we neither have the impartial administration of the British system nor American system in which the incumbent resigns right after the Party to which they belonged was defeated in the elections. Resigning on principles is not known to Pakistani office holders. So the Governors, the Nazims and the political appointed bureaucracy continues creating hurdles for the new Government. It will be recalled that in the fit of revolutionary spirit, in its earliest days the Soviet rule had abolished ranks (and everybody was a mere tavarish) comrade and in China too in the forces all ranks were abolished There were no generals no colonels but just rankles superior. Both Soviet and China fond this rankles structure impractical and ranks were re-introduced. Some thing similar is behind the idea of Nazim system and abolition of district magistrate office, or in the police the ranks of superintendent and DIG etc. It is high time the military experimentation with the new system and nomenclatures be reversed. It is interesting to note, though with much grief, that in India which has a well-established democracy, the duality between the President on one side and the elected government on the other does not exist. Nor a Nazim system like thing. The Indian Civil Service, or the Indian Administrative Service has retained the same functions and position which the Indian Civil Service had before 1947. We have gradually decimated the traditions of a neutral administration making the Services subservient to the Power whatever it means. Anyway, the upshot of it all is that the Old Order is firmly in control of the levers of power and the new order is powerless and it seems attempt is being made to keep it that way. Again we might be moving towards controlled democracy and the wish to have a new era of democracy might be fading away If this happens it will be pity that within one month after the jubilation over the outcome of fairly good elections, thanks to foreign powers meddling in our affairs, we are in for a disappointment even after a reasonably free elections. And so soon after we were celebrating the dawn of a new era. Was it a faade? Soon it will become obvious. The litmus test would be reinstatement of the Judiciary to pre-3 November 2007 position. Zardari has so far shown the ability of a wheeler-dealer, or a political fixer but can he demonstrate he has leadership and get out of apparel strings of the traditional center of power?