Respect for any state institution, civilian or military, is reflected and depicted by the acts and the integrity of the people running it. Harmony between the pillars of the state is the key to development and effective governance of the country. There was a time during early years of our existence when the civilians used to stand up and salute the army officers visiting them in markets or other social functions. However, with the passage of time and owing to few individuals like General Ayub, Yahya Khan, Zia and Pervaiz Musharaf, this element of respect has almost disappeared. DR. IRFAN ZAFAR, Islamabad, October 25.