HARD on the heels of his call on patriotic generals to bring corrupt politicians to justice, MQM leader Altaf Hussain on Sunday hinted at the possibility of a popular uprising against the feudal system and unscrupulous moneymaking leaders. Not only did he assure that he would fly back home in order to be in the vanguard of what he calls a 'French Revolution in Pakistan, but insisted that the armys bullets should target the corrupt politicians and the land-owning elite. As if personifying the image of a proverbial angry young man, the firebrand MQM leader seems to be articulating the anger and frustration of the poverty-stricken masses. And never before was the country so deeply mired in a whirlpool of crises. Given the spate of mass terror attacks, target killings, ethnic bloodletting and unbridled violence that is killing dozens almost on a daily basis, there is little doubt that people heave a sigh of relief when they make it to their homes safely. On the other hand, social injustice marked by the infinite chasm between the haves and the have-nots, have taken away every bit of hope from the wretched of the earth. But what is really fanning the flames of this public anger is the conduct of the leadership so far. The perception that wayward politicians continue to rule the roost and indulge in corruption at will is enjoying widespread currency. The governments response, for instance, towards the flood calamity has reaffirmed the average mans distrust of the leaders. Precisely that is why the masses are itching for change. There is no harm in stressing the need to put the country and democracy back on the right track. Yet, the rabble-rousing content that Altaf Hussians speeches contain, and to top it all his paradoxical stand calling on the army alongside the judiciary to save the country, would serve no useful purpose. It is unimaginable to assume that a free and independent judiciary, given the countrys chequered history, would be able to co-exist with military rule. And at the end of the day it is anyones guess whether the French Revolution he is talking about would not result in a reign of terror. It would be extremely difficult for things to stay under control given the call for vigilantism so zealously advocated by him. The country definitely needs a breather from the prevailing roller-coaster ride of instability and unrest. Yet the way towards the dawn of a new era must fall within the ambit of the Constitution and not urging a prescription that would only aggravate the misery of the people.