THE statement by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira that the PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif must give up his threatening posture towards the PPP would create undue tensions between the two sides and prove to be counterproductive. Though his observation that the country must not be pushed towards the kind of politics that was the norm of the 1990s is welcome, the tone and tenor of his speech suggests a hostile posture towards the PML-N. Likewise, his statement that the PML-N could satisfy its wish of bringing Musharraf to justice amounts to saying that it calls for justice would bear no fruit. While this shows his unfriendly stance towards the party, it also uncovers his reluctance as a member of the PPP to bring former President Musharraf to trial. Clearly, he seemed to be fed up with the PML-N's repeated calls and its firm stand that President Musharraf should not be allowed to go scot-free. But he must also realize that though the PML-N Chief talks of his party's ability to mobilize public, which might appear to be a bit pinching for the federal government, the reality is that the cause promised by him is democratic. One never hears him say that he would urge the public to destabilize the government. There is need for circumspection on the part of the PPP leadership especially the Information Minister who is supposed to be the mouthpiece of the government. Given that our polity is already fragmented, hostile statements by him will prove to be all the more divisive. Getting carried away by emotions the way he did would not serve any useful purpose and make for a more chaotic political landscape. The PPP must instead muster its courage to ensure supremacy of the Constitution and Charter of Democracy. One hopes that the crescendo of voices not just demanding accountability of General Musharraf but also pleading to purge the Constitution of undemocratic accretions like the 58(2)b are heard.