If there was anyone who believed that an autocratic ruler, enjoying the support of the army and determined to stay in power, could withstand the rising tide of peoples power that a heavy storm of frustration and hunger had unleashed, the unceremonious departure of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has proven him wrong. The turn of events must have come as a great shock to him. It was a humiliating come-down for Mubarak, as the army refused to use force to quell the crowds shouting for his exit, and the brutal police tired out in the face of crowds at Tehrir Square, which instead of thinning out, swelled in their ranks even after 18 days of protest. Though Mubarak took some time to reach the conclusion his Tunisian predecessor had reached in a much shorter time, he finally left the scene, pushed out by the will of the people. Even his foreign patrons, led by the Americans, saw the fast approaching downfall, which strangely he did not, and in line with their opportunistic policy of abandoning, at critical moments, dictators whom they had been befriending, they ditched the Egyptian President. Calls had, in fact, begun to pour in for introducing reforms and, in the last days, for setting in motion a process of real and genuine democracy. Deceptively, though, they were desperate in looking for a friendly force to take the reins of power in this key Middle Eastern nation. To their satisfaction Mubarak has passed on the baton to the army that has not spelled out whether it would bring in an internationally acceptable democratic and just order that the public wants, or how long it would remain in power. It would be nave to think that the condition precedent for revolution does not exist in Pakistan, as it did in Egypt and Tunisia. There is, in reality, quite a similarity here, markedly stamped with publics disillusionment with the government. Unchecked inflation resulting in rising poverty and rampant corruption at the cost of projects that could have benefited the common man, to quote only powerful agents of change. If the Tunisian and Egyptian dictators and ruling classes were above the law, ours are no different, if we look at our court records. Added to their situations, is Pakistan rulers bullet-proof existence in the face of unprotected life of the people, who are left at the mercy of terrorists, thieves, robbers and other lawless forces. In lieu of this, the Arab brothers of the two countries were subjected to greater repression. The rulers here must think deep on the prevailing situation in the country and waste no time in changing their ways, if a crisis situation is to be forestalled. These upheavals constitute a strong warning to the Indians, the Israelis and the Americans. Brutal oppression of the nations they have forcibly occupied or are trying to subjugate would lead to their own humiliation. Kashmiris, Palestinians, Iraqis and Afghans would ultimately throw them out.