Previously, Musharraf had always praised Shaukat Aziz for his economic wizardry. But according to a news item, he has now accused his economic wizard of financial failures and asked him to come back and face his critics. Shaukat Aziz has refused his ex-master. When the chips are down, even the dear ones turn their faces away. The subordinates become rebellious; and the loyal drop allegiance. When is Musharraf going to realize that he is not the 'Sultan' anymore; the sooner he quits, better will it be for him, his family, his runaway friends and the cronies still hanging around him. -DR GHAYUR AYUB, London, UK, via e-mail, June 28.