In a classic display of bad governance, the PPP-led ruling political setup at the Centre has been shying away from dealing with the basic problems of the people and, instead, raising those issues that are of little relevance to the conditions of today. These issues, certainly, are of no concern to the man in the street and can wait for better times to be taken up. And all this to divert the peoples attention from the real issues For instance, as Karachi continues to bleed profusely, with the leadership failing to get the hang of it, it turns to peripheral matters to hide the shame of incompetence from the public. Little does it realise that in this age of awareness the media and the Internet its weaknesses stand roundly exposed. Besides, the problems that affect the people every minute the mounting inflation, rank insecurity, paucity of medical aid, poor schooling, virtually no public transport, debilitating shortage of power in this hot and humid climate have dampened their desires for the so-called higher things of life; they remain involved in keeping body and soul together. They are interested only in solutions of these issues, and not whether there are commissionerates or local bodies; in Karachis specific case, their first priority is peace and security. The PPPs new fad, creating a Seraiki province, has opened floodgates of demands for carving out more provinces out of the existing ones. The rowdy scenes witnessed on the floor of the Punjab Assembly yesterday, where this issue came up, constitute a standing shame for the public representatives, who in democratic order virtually hold the fate of the nation in their hands. An understanding approach and sobriety in debating vital issues is of essence. It is a great pity that the myopic wish of the rulers to stay in power has opened this Pandoras Box, which is nothing but the eagerness of local leadership to have the perks and privileges of power. If the calls for new provinces, on linguistic, ethnic or administrative grounds, were to be positively answered, we would see all the existing four broken into different units, whose running would further burden the exchequer that has already reached the breaking point. The whole idea is a non-starter. What the rulers should at present be wholeheartedly addressing is the frightening situation in Karachi. With the people laced with lethal arms, both provincial and federal governments are finding it hard to restore peace. The Sindh government has shown its inability to implement the Interior Ministers decision, announced before the media, that all licences would expire by September 30 and need renewal. The leadership does not have the courage to go either for the option to call the army to quell violence or for a thorough campaign to de-weaponise the city. With the main contentious points unresolved, there is little chance that any lull in target killing could prove lasting