A government spokesman has taken serious note of the contents of a news item published by The Nation in its September 10 issue under the title "constitutional reforms agenda in jeopardy". The spokesman said the story on the one hand was a travesty of reporting and on the other quite self-defeating. The reporter based his story on the premise that there were 'serious difference' between the PPP and the PML-N regarding the constitutional reforms package and the mechanism of their implementation. But if someone goes into deeper analysis of the story, the purported differences have not been explained by the reporter. The story is blank, misleading, containing unspecified references to 'differences' among the democratically elected representatives of the people of Pakistan, which is based on an attempt to draw wild conclusions. The story is based more on assumptions rather than facts. It neither narrated difference nor alludes to any stated positions of the parties with reference to draft of the package. In the absence of any draft of the constitutional reforms, report of the presumed differences do entail nothing new, as only the draft could be a document free of differences. Even after completion, the draft would not be a final document, as it would still be subject to approval of the political leadership. Given this fact, the report certainly implies nothing new apart from a conscious effort to sabotage and misinterpret the ongoing process of consultation, initiated by the government. The alleged differences seem to be brewing in the mind of the reporter only rather than in the Reforms Committee. Nonetheless, in his attempt to confound facts with fiction and give a negative colour to history, the reporter stretched the flight of his imagination to the extent that he failed to realize that there was an inherent self-defeating contradiction in the report and he was supporting his denial simultaneously between the lines. He actually supported the government's argument, without adding anything to the readers' information. Differences are a part of the democratic culture and the reforms need consensus before they are made a part of any legislative package that would have far reaching impact on the present and future polity of Pakistan. -PID, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad September 11.