The dream of commoners' relief by the new so-called     democratic government seemed to be shattering     even premature as the leaders of the ruling political     parties have so far failed to overcome the obstacle of     judicial matters in the way of tackling other burning issues. Constant failure of the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-N, the two leading parties in the ruling coalition, to agree on the restoration of the deposed judges, has given birth to a chaotic political scenario in the country. Contrary to the perception of masses being generally focused to their bread and butter rather than politics, people in Pakistan keep asking about the fate of judges ahead of their worries about the unprecedented price hike shortages. This indicates the collective consciousness for the justice as such irrespective of the personalities in question. All and sundry asking about the judges before complaining about the shortages, price hike, lawlessness so on and so forth, is sufficient to denounce of impression of the nation being dormant. Since the departure of the former government of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, that was blamed to be pro-dictator, the dollar has surged against Pakistani rupee despite falling around world against all other currencies. More than the dollar, the international crude oil has also touched unforeseen heights of above $124 a barrel. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar appeared in his responses to these questions even in the Parliament and elsewhere as simply helpless against the international crunch of food and energy. Dar's statements imply that the ruling coalition needs to take tough political decisions in protection of the countrymen against the onslaught of international economic hardships. On the other hand, the ruling coalition is not yet free from the uphill task of resolving the issue of judges' restoration to attend to the economy and even law and order. Earlier the analysts were warning about some confrontation between the ruling coalition and the Presidency in the event of judges restored and the sitting ones not retained on the benches. However, now they are pointing out complexities far ahead of that desired stage. Irrespective of the proclaimed burning of midnight oil by the coalition leaders to bring the country out of the prolonged imbroglio, the masses are constantly forced to face brunt of the politics and the economy both gone haywire. Failing to achieve consensus within to prevail over the political situation in the country, the ruling coalition has been virtually losing control over the economy. Major economic indicators on the other hand have been fast slipping far below the annual targets with the budget 2008-09 around the corner. The prime reflector of the economy the stock market of the country has also started moving down after the political sentiment staying perplexed since the February 18 elections if not before that. Initially, the market hardly bothered about the political obstacles in the way of the new government and kept on rising until recently crossing one after another new peaks. Now when the disagreement persisted between the two leading parties in the ruling coalition and even threatened the very bond of the alliance, the market has started feeling the political heat. Therefore, the build-up of sentiment after the swearing-in of the new political government has already started melting leaving the market to plummet for the last couple weeks consecutively. Unlike traditionally eulogizing the hike in the international crude oil, the listed energy sector stocks in Pakistan are no more in a position to gain amid otherwise falling market. With the domestic energy crisis accentuating, the profit hunting stakeholders are also bound to bag their share of the mess. As against the anticipations of the new investment and remittances in-flow after the political government in place, the investment and saving scenario has turned to be other way round. Most of the foreign players have rather put on halt their previous investment decisions. The domestic investors, at the same time, have started betting on the survival of the ruling coalition, thus its government. Therefore, to make big and long term investment decision is simply out of question for them for the time being at least. The politics this time has been so overwhelming the economy, that the annual budget making exercise that too the very first by the incumbent government is nowhere in the limelight having not more than a fortnight to announcement in June. However, the public running out of patience with their daily life getting harder ever more, has been fast getting aware of the realpolitik underway on part of almost all stakeholder to the reins of power.  Therefore, people appeared to blame none but all. They seemed to be convinced of the impression of all in the power corridors 'on board' to the political developments even to delay in resolution of the issues. Though the power brokers dub this argument as cynic, people do understand now, courtesy electronic media boom, that the lingering of the issues, rather non-issues, favors the forces of status quo. They would hardly be surprised even if they come to know that their mandate winners were also using these political and contentious issues as camouflage for their failure to address the hardcore economic problems. In that particular context, President General (R) Pervez Musharraf, who had advised poll-winners to stop politics and focus on governance, has been proven to be right. Naturally, the power politics consuming the time, money, and energies of the public representatives whom people elected to serve them with good governance. Ironically, the political parties that won majority vote could not settle the terms and conditions for power sharing in constitutional matters ahead of the delivery stage of governance. And if they are unable to share power between themselves, then what to think of theirs' sharing power with the President. In a nutshell, the politics going around the issue of judiciary keeping the concrete politico-economic matters in limbo could be precisely described as a musical chair play of the power hunters. PPP has explicitly been moving step by step according to its initial power sharing deal with President General Musharraf. The both parties appeared to be with least option to deviate for the most potent Uncle Sam being their guarantor. Domestically, as well, the PPP is better placed having all options in the form of potential or existing allies from MQM to PML-N as open. The PML-N having the defacto rule in Punjab, the largest province of the country, besides its principled stance on the judges' issue was also on sound footings both politically as well as practically. Even if the PML-N has to part ways with the PPP over disagreement on the judges' restoration, they have the potential to maintain their provincial government after leaving the government in centre. With this chaotic scenario of politics which is likely to continue even after the next budget most probably up to the bye elections towards the end of June, the economy is bound to suffer. And deterioration in economy, macro or micro, would directly impact the low and fixed income classes of the country which are already hard pressed under the pressures of unchecked skywards movement of inflation and ever accentuating shortages of necessary items. Therefore, the political leadership which is holding or just trying to hold the reins of power even sitting outside the Parliament needs to address the commoner's plight before it is too late. The government would have to take political decisions to save economy from fast moving towards deterioration chiefly due to lack of attention on part of the apex authorities be it the Presidency, or the political leadership.