While the PPP is celebrating the saving of its central government by the MQM, it seems to have forgotten the ultimatum given by PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif for a series of actions in exchange for its support. Apart from support at the Centre, the conditions were to be enforced by the PML-N dissolving its government in Punjab. Though the PPP well knows that the Chief Minister can dismiss any of his ministers by a simple notification, its ministers are so anxious not to lose their ministries that they are ready to form the government with the PML-Q. However, it seems that they have not factored in the formation of a Forward Bloc in the PML-Q, led by Ata Muhammad Maneka, which has already announced that it would follow the PML-N. That Forward Bloc puts the PML-N in the position of forming the government without the PPP. Over-optimistic PPP members should remember that that Forward Bloc came into existence when the PPP last tried to topple the Shahbaz government. It consisted of members who had been part of the PML-Q because it was formerly the party in power. The Shahbaz government was restored, and it was thought that the PPP ministers would either be removed, or would remove themselves, from the Cabinet, making way for PML-Q Forward Bloc members. However, they remained, and after this nadir in relations between the two parties, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif developed a working relationship, which let the two governments function. However, at this present juncture, the PPP still needs the PML-N, because its central coalition, while no longer falling, is hardly safe; and depends on MQM goodwill. Much will depend on who is appointed to succeed the murdered Salman Taseer as Governor. If the person selected is abrasive and given to confrontation, then it will be clear the PPP would like to operationalise its agreement with the PML-Q and try to form the government. The PML-N must stop running with the hares and hunting with the hounds, and adopt a firm policy against the PPP. Mian Nawazs agenda for the government is unexceptionable, and if it is not adopted, should be met with the firm response of expelling the PPP ministers from the Cabinet, and taking on the PML-Q Forward Bloc to make up the numbers needed to go on ruling. The PML-Q consists of those who left the PML-N so that they could remain in power, or gain it, and they have not changed. The central governments choice of a new Governor will determine whether it wants to engage in a fresh scheme which will fail as surely as the first, or whether it wants to smooth down ruffled feathers.