The Parliament is fairly close to unanimous passage of the 18th amendment to purge constitution of the rubbish dumped into it by successive dictators. A rare occasion for national celebration is at hand because the government can now concentrate on mundane issues related to the economic difficulties of people. Some loudly dissenting voices, meanwhile, have been heard in opposition to clauses pertaining to appointment of judges, provincial autonomy, renaming of NWFP and creating more provinces. These voices may be genuine but 18th amendment is not the last to constitution nor the end of history. More amendments would hopefully follow in due course of time as democratic process progresses and matures. Meanwhile the parliamentary consensus embodied in 18th amendment need not be wasted otherwise Pakistan would remain stuck up at square one and not move forward. One single alteration of the basic law of the country can not satisfy all stakeholders. If cynics are looking for an ideal, they would be disappointed. The dissenters whose sincerity need not be doubted must realize that the greater good of the 18th amendment would vanish on the altar of their excessive demands. These can be considered in the next round of changes may be? Let the nation breath a sigh of relief for the time being. Aspirations of the legal community and complaints of smaller regions and smaller provinces would echo and find a way into the fundamental law of Pakistan at an appropriate time when the furore over the latest changes has calmed down. If, however, the complainants become too noisy and possibly violent, the gains made so far might be lost. The blame for this loss would be laid at the door of the agitators who are acting very short-sighted and more emotional than pragmatic. The deafening noise against 'so many changes in the constitution of Pakistan is, therefore, counterproductive. It might backfire in the face of those agitating now. -B. A. MALIK, Islamabad, April 10.