Issuance of an executive order for the restoration of deposed judges has become such a bone of contention that it is endangering the very existence of the coalition. Messrs Nawaz Sharif, Aitzaz Ahsan, Imran Khan and a few others are demanding nothing short of it and that too post haste. They argue that if Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani had also issued orders for the restoration of the judges along with the 'order' for their release on the day of his election as PM, the judges would have been restored instantaneously. One is really amazed at the mental calibre of our leaders for deducing, and particularly of the barrister par excellence who keeps repeating that. It is surprising that men of such eminence cannot comprehend the basic legalities involved in so simple a matter of administration.  Who says that Mr Gillani passed any orders for the release of the 'arrested' judges that day? (I am intentionally not using the word PM for Mr Gillani as he was not yet the Prime Minister because he was only sworn in to the post after two days).  I challenge every one of them to listen to his speech carefully and I bet they will not find any such order being passed in it. Let me explain what happened; on the day Mr Gillani was 'unanimously' elected Leader of the House, he did not enjoy the authority to pass any executive orders. Therefore, he never ordered the release of judges. All he said was "My first executive action as the PM would be to order release of the judges". -COL. (Retd) RIAZ JAFRI, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, June 3.