The Governor's rule in Punjab has been lifted today. It required a horrendous terrorist attack on police training school in Lahore to coax the PPP government into making up its mind. Willy-nilly, they have done so just as they did about reinstatement of Judiciary. The PPP government had made its intentions clear from the very beginning; its luminaries made ascerbic statements right from the start that the Long March will not be allowed. Thus, they ruthlessly used the entire state machinery, imposed section 144, tried to lure public with amusements of Basant, blocked all roads and airports all over the country especially in Punjab, used baton charge and tear gas to disperse crowds. They left no stone unturned to block the Long March but the events overtook them. When the lion came out of its den at Raiwind and let out an almighty roar, the people came out on the roads in hordes to answer his call. As the blockades failed and the procession moved on the road to Islamabad, the government realised its game was up. The Prime Minister felt compelled to make a hasty statement early on the morning of the 16th to avoid further deterioration of the situation. He announced that the judiciary stood reinstated. It is hoped that instead of wallowing in petty party politics, the government will now concentrate on matters related to making the life of common man a little less difficult. -DR ZAHEER ASGHAR KHAN, Lahore, via e-mail, March 31.