While accepting the blame on judiciary of validating army's takeover of power, Justice (Retd) Tariq Mahmood posed a question to a TV anchor. He said when the whole nation rejoices after every takeover of power by the army, when all political parties except the one being deprived of the power go in a fit of ecstasy over Army's 'rescuing the country from disaster', when the political parties and the civil society distribute sweets after a coup, how can you expect just a handful of judges to nullify that takeover? Can their pens be more powerful than the guns in the hands of the usurpers welcomed by one and all? The question is very valid. -SYED SAYEF HUSSAIN, Karachi, via e-mail, April 27.