This year the Independence Day would be celebrated in the most tumultuous and turbulent politically charged circumstance never seen before in our history. A nation of 160 million is under siege of uncertainty and anxiety about the future of their country. There is open confrontation between beleaguered president and the ruling coalition . The coalition led by Zardari wants to consign general (retd) to oblivion and Musharraf apparently seems set to pull out surprises from his sleeves. The end game will depend on numbers the coalition needs to mobilise to impeach the president for his unconstitutional acts. Prima facie it at looks that the future of democracy would be on the right road map. But when viewed in the historical perspective for many it may be too good to be true. Unfortunately our history is replete with instances when the path to democracy was derailed by military adventurers pushing the country further back . Analysts are of the view that nothing could be done to save Musharraf, except a military coup. But this time for a change, the redeeming feature is that the COAS is reported to have conveyed to the president that they, unlike the past, would not interfere in the democratic and political gambit at least for now. Looking at the conduct of February elections the army were seen no where to lend strategic support to the president's party. Accolades have since been showered on the Pak Army for a welcome phenomenon, first time in the history. According to media reports, Bush has dumped the president, refusing to take a series of "help me" telephone calls. By all indications Musharraf's main supporters, the US, UK and even the Arabs have left him in the lurch. The West has probably decided that it would be the civilian government they would do business, be it war against terrorism or bilateral relations. Having ruled Pakistan for about 9 years, Musharraf is squarely blamed for many of its troubles. According to a poll (IRI), 83 percent of Pakistanis want him out and judges reinstated. Does he still think that people would wish him to continue? Mr President don't dwell on the advice of unpatriotic and self-servers .Get out of the insulation around you by these vested interests. You are now left isolated. There are reports that the president is considering different options to continue to cling to his office. Option of invoking 58-2(b) given the mood in the country is fast evaporating. Defending charges in the joint sitting of the parliament would be the bitterest experience he ever had since he seized power. The retired general can save himself from this humiliation by resigning. The people of Pakistan brought a silent revolution in the wake of elections for removing Musharraf and restoring the sacked judges. There is no choice for politicians but to respect their mandate. Any deviation from respecting people's verdict would surely plunge the country in turmoil. We can hardly afford this. On this Independence the leaders would have to dedicate themselves to make Pakistan what the Father of the Nation had envisioned .It has to be realised that millions of Muslims from India migrated to Pakistan to see their dream fulfilled for a country where they could lead their lives according to their faith. I was one of millions who saw the making of Pakistan. My father, Samsuddin Pirzada, a government servant in India, and many more opted for Pakistan. These government officials came to Pakistan by choice and not under any compulsion. Let us pay tributes to those who sacrificed their lives, faced hardships and agony for the establishment of Pakistan. Already our leaders have played havoc with the country. A number of countries which got freedom with us are now amongst the leading economies. And compare where we are now even after 60 years? Though late but still our leaders can infuse a new spirit in the young generation by setting role models like the founding fathers of Pakistan. However, not all problems facing the nation would be solved after Musharraf's exit. But would be a new beginning for the nation. The country's economic situation is pathetic to say the least .The coalition government since it inception has given no indication of a sense of direction. Undoubtedly, resurrecting the economy would take a long time given a clear sense of objectives and right priorities. Therefore, this should be the priority of the government alongwith the reinstatement of the judges after Musharraf's exit - impeachment or resignation whatever he chooses for himself. The writer is a former diplomat