Now that the formalities of cabinet formation have been completed, the new ruling leadership would have to gird up its loins to address the multiple problems, all crying out for instant attention, Pakistan is facing. And the best and the quickest way to deal with these issues, by no means easy, would be for all parties, in power or out of it, to shed politicking and put their heads together to work out their solution; for bad governance and corrupt practices have brought us to a point where playing politics could turn out to be an existential threat to the country. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has raised hopes about the government following this policy when he says that rising above politics, he would ensure intelligence sharing with the provinces to cleanse them of target killings and terrorist acts that deserve a priority handling. If that spirit of coordination prevails and the problems are viewed in their true perspective, their baffling complexities would begin to automatically unravel. Nothing could better serve the ‘national interest’ – a trite though precise expression. It would take reams of paper if one were to spell out what ails Pakistan and how to set it on course to a cure. Nevertheless, a brief glance at the crises is called for to assess how serious they are. Touching every citizen is the curse of power cuts and the noises one hears from the PML-N top leaders suggest that the message has gone home: nothing more could establish in the eyes of the public the government’s credentials than the feeling that it is, indeed, delivering. Minister for Power Khawaja Asif has said that the people would get relief during the month of Ramazan, apart from a gradual reduction in the duration of loadshedding. It is a question not of weeks or months to fully settle but will take much longer. He should know restoring normal power supply would have a chain reaction for the better: economic revival, job availability, reduction in poverty, etc. The challenges are numerous, with health and education, law and order in poor state. An unambiguous stand on dealing with the TTP and the drone menace would have to be evolved if anything worthwhile is to be achieved; for also linked with the issue is the Afghanistan imbroglio that cannot be solved without coordination with the US and neighbouring states. And in all these efforts, there must be no compromise on strengthening ties with China, Iran, Russia and other countries of the region. It is evident that the task is formidable but, at the same time, there is no escape from delivering, as the outgoing setup’s fate would serve as a dire warning.