PRESIDENT Zardaris move disregarding the recommendations of the Chief Justice for the appointment of judges was a singularly grave violation in the annals of the countrys constitutional history. The PML-N, the principal opposition party, though widely upbraided for its quiescent role in taking up peoples real concerns with the government, was left with no other choice but to adopt a forthright, unambiguous position on this question. The PML-Ns lacklustre role as opposition has understandably caused its public rating, at one time touching a record high, to plummet. Conscious also of that situation, its leader Mian Nawaz Sharif availed the opportunity and did not mince his words in characterising Mr Zardari as the biggest threat to democracy at the present time, observing that in turning down the CJs recommendations, the Presidency had crossed the limit. Mian Nawaz was giving a press conference soon after holding an emergency party meeting in Islamabad on Sunday. The problem, according to him, lay in the governments failure to genuinely accept the restored judiciary and, of course, the non-implementation of the Charter of Democracy. He rightly rebutted its argument that it had restored the judiciary on its own, saying that the official turnaround was due to the pressure of 17 crore people. Alluding to the unedifying stand-still situation on the NRO verdict, the PML-N leader felt that the government was targeting the judiciary to safeguard its corruption. He then demanded the return of Pakistans looted wealth, stacked abroad, to the country, specifically saying that the money lying in the Swiss banks, according to him, in the name of the President, belonged to the people of Pakistan; it was the hard earned money of the poor people of all four provinces and must be brought back. Mian Nawaz warned the government in unequivocal terms that it could not have its way on the issue of judges appointment nor would it be given a chance to indulge in corruption. He was unhappy at the string of unfulfilled promises made to him by the PPP leadership, beginning from Burbhan, and regretted that his clear warning not to delay the acceptance of CJs recommendation had not been heeded. The question is: does the government really grasp the dangers inherent in its illogical adamant attitude?