The restoration of judiciary has fallen prey to another deadline, more promises and further deliberations. Over the last few weeks, the nation has learnt a valuable lesson, though the hard way, that what has been done in a single day by a dictator, in an illegitimate action, cannot be undone by all the legitimately elected leaders together in more than two months. Not only do we feel betrayed and powerless but we also are uncertain about the very principles that underlie our national psyche. Why is our vision so blurred that we cannot differentiate between right and wrong? Why is our voice so frail that it has not already jolted the so called 'establishment'? Why is our determination so faltering that we cannot compel our leaders to fulfill their election promises? Our politicians not only seem aloof about the national sentiment prevailing in the country but at times one can also witness some of them debating vehemently on national media regarding the constitutionality of the actions of 3rd November. Are they trying to rub salt into the wounds of the already crippling nation, which is barely breathing under the soaring prices and mounting power shortages? Or are these champions of democracy endeavoring to deprive us of our very last hope, the guarantor of our fundamental rights, the guardian of our civil liberties and the very document which spells out our identity? Whatever they are trying to achieve, in the process they are definitely legitimizing the notion that the will of the people in this country is subservient to a single man's decisions. We and our revered leaders are making a mark on the pages of history as the generation, which took the journey, started by Justice Munir more than five decades ago, to yet a step further. Let's not restore the judges if we all truly believe that we need a constitutional amendment to undo the words of a single man, because if we do then we must uphold his words and actions in letter and spirit. Let's not commit the dreadful sin to question the legitimacy of a single man's rule, against whom the whole nation has voted in the last elections. Let's bury the novel tradition of saying no to a dictator or it may become the harbinger of a new era of democratic values and norms. Instead lets uphold the mantra, underlying the very foundation of our state, the 'doctrine of necessity', which has proved more useful for this country than Objectives Resolution during the last sixty years in running the affairs of the state. If history is of any evidence, then this nation can definitely be taken for granted, by dictators, by politicians, and by establishment. For the sake of upholding our glorious history, let's not reinstate the judiciary. Pakistan is a country where civil rights can be taken away with the stroke of a pen under the garb of emergency, where raising your voice against the man on the throne is considered blasphemous and where an executive order can decide the fate of an entire nation. Why do we want to bring a person back, who wants to break the status quo, who wants to remind the nation of its rights and who wants to empower the people so that they can question the state? Let's not forget the charge sheet against the man in question. He is the same person who questioned the government about the fate of the missing persons, who reprimand the sacrosanct cabinet members including the then Prime Minister Mr. Shaukat Aziz for grossly violating the law in Pakistan Steel Mills' privatization, who warned the top bureaucracy to act in the public interest and who became the custodian of civil rights through the use of his suo moto jurisdiction. Can we really trust somebody with a list of such heinous crimes to his credit? According to many, there is a difference between the revival of judiciary and the revival of justice. After all, he is the same person who took oath under another PCO, not very long ago. Why not just keep on mulling over his past, while jeopardizing our own future? Strong institutions nurture transparency and breed the tradition to uphold the rule of law. They have the potential to deliver according to the mandate bestowed on them by the people. They overshadow personalities and, in the process, run the risk of putting the country on the path to progress. Do we really want to empower our institutions? Why are we trying to forget that our rulers have always thrived on the weaknesses of these very institutions? Let's not betray our legacy of building a fragile institutional base to support the designs of our masters. Let's close the door of justice in this country once and for all. Let's not care for the millions of downtrodden people of this country, who flock toward the courts of law every day, with a ray of hope in their eyes, to seek justice, to even out the excesses meted out to them and to reprimand the influential. Why not tell them in unequivocal terms that, in this land of the pure, they are not likely to get justice. Let's set the tone for the years to come by not doing justice to the Chief Justice of Pakistan. In the words of Rumi: The moon, a plunderer, came down last night to me: / 'Be off' I said, 'for here is tonight no place for thee.' The moon, a plunderer, said 'Alas, for thy madness sore / Fortune awaits outside, But thou wilt not open the door.' E-mail: hasaankhawar@gmail.com