THE unabated war of words between the Punjab Governor and the Chief Minister and other PML(N) stalwarts has serious implications. One should have thought that it would peter out with time, to be remembered only as a mere tiff between coalition partners, as the leaderships of the two parties - the PPP and the PML(N) - realised its gravity and impressed upon their representatives that political stability in the province called for a cooperative approach. But, somehow, it is being relentlessly pursued, raising wild speculations that it has the blessings of top echelons of the parties. In an interview to a private TV channel aired on Friday, Governor Salman Taseer has termed the oaths administered by the Acting Governor to the provincial Ombudsman and Chairman of Punjab Services Tribunal as a "guerrilla attack", maintaining that he was not authorised under the Constitution to make appointments of a permanent nature. The PML(N) leaders have been questioning his interpretation of the Constitution. The Governor's other grouse is the media exposure of his family photographs by Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, expressing the view that if it did not have the approval of the Chief Minister, he should have taken action against the Minister. He taunted Mian Shahbaz for handcuffing minor officials on the spot, while taking a serious lapse of his Minister lightly. The response of Chief Minister's senior Adviser Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa that Mian Shahbaz was not in the country at the time reflects his party's casual attitude towards something to which the Governor has rightly taken exception. Both language and attitude show the leaderships of PPP and PML(N) are not mindful of the consequences, should their acrimonious behaviour be allowed to persist. For one thing, senior government functionaries engage themselves in this unseemly exercise, rather than devoting their time and energy to attending to the myriads of people's problems. And as the common man's expectations from a political set-up to be more sensitive to his miserable condition come to nought, he naturally feels disillusioned. Both parties' graph of popularity comes down. For another, it is important to note that Pakistan is passing through a critical phase when the world appears to be ganging up against it under the pretext of involvement in a grave incident of terrorism across the border. It hardly makes sense for the two main political forces in the biggest province to be wrangling. The need of the hour is to bury the hatchet and face the challenge like one man.