After all the hoopla, it had to be London Bridge that fell down. The judges will not be restored, though the PML-N Quaid will wait until the 12th is well and truly over before realizing that his persuasive ability has fallen short, and the President is safe from an embarrassment. And much else, if one is to believe the President. All the nasty things the Chief Justice could do, are the products of a military mind, and reflect what that mind could do, if given a razor. So the PPP's support for the courts remaining as they are, is support for legality and an absence of embarrassment, and for the War On Terror. Baitullah Mahsud also supports the War, because as soon as the government starts ending the War, he blows up a few soldiersas now, when they got blown up in Swat. So long as they stick too far-off Swat; it's when they start swarming into urban areas that we start getting worried. But the real evidence of who is behind the War came when there were bomb blasts in Quetta as soon as Sardar Akhtar Mengal was freed. Obviously, he was behind them, because he was rightfully imprisoned. He had obviously been jailed because of the statement of at least a lieutenant, and was released because of the orders of the Prime Minister, who ranks below a lieutenant, or rather does not rank at all, being a mere civilian, and thus does not matter at all. Even though he was given a briefing on Baluchistan by the COAS personally. Let us ignore his propensity to spit on the floor (they know all about it in Quetta now), let us just concentrate on his civilian-ness. There is no hope that he would solve the power crisis that has become the bane of our existence. (Let us not mention the prices of everything, especially food, because that only affects poor people, not us. Or maybe it has started affecting us? At least that's what She Whose Word Is Law says. But then, She was asking for a raise in the housekeeping that was not forthcoming.) The solution to the power crisis, the wheat crisis, and every other kind of crisis lies only in more military rule, which means more of the 'Q' and thus of the Chaudhrys. But no need to worry, there will be a dissolution, there will be no interference in the work of the executive, and this time the ballot boxes will say that we voted for 'Q', as we were supposed to, last time. This time, the ballot boxes will be told what they are supposed to contain, as they were last time, and this time they shall obey. We too must be convinced that it is not just wrong, but unprincipled, to cancel the contracts of military men employed by the Punjab and Sindh governments, and that is sufficient grounds of dissolution, combined with the release of a notorious traitor like Akhtar Mengal. In fact, that is why the by-elections have gone forward, because that is when the new elections will happen. At first, both Sain Yousuf Raza Gilani and Sain Dost Mohammad Khosa received the news of the postponement with a philosophical hawking at the floor, then a happy hawking when they realized that this meant an extension in their tenures, while Sain Yousaf barely refrained from having prayers offered at the shrine of Musa Pak for the health of the Election Commission, and only then did they join their parties in the universal condemnation. Under the circumstances, expecting a deal from a room which contained both Shahbaz Sharif of the Punjab and Asif Zardari of Pakistan was probably unrealistic. Well, the present government has succeeded in forbidding the exchange companies from exporting pounds, euros or dirhams. Notice that so far there's been no ban on importing, exporting or just plain worshipping, dollars, whether through exchange companies, or as governments or individuals. But the indications are that the gold price is going to go up some more, making it impossible for the new middle class, of which the President and his friends are so proud, to marry off its sons, let us forget daughters: they have been, as usual, some time ago. Or about when the price of gold was Rs 800 per gram. Well, one day, that will be the price of wheat, the way the value of a rupee is going. And then we won't complain, except perhaps that the cost of defending our borders has become high. And we shall look to commissioned officers to save us from the terrible inflation, for after all, what is the use of all that wonderful economics they teach at Kakul, which equips the military mind for dealing with economic questions?