PML(N) President Mian Shahbaz Sharif's observation that political opponents will not be subjected to political victimisation is welcome. So is his announcement that a new cadre of judicial officers will be introduced at the level of the subordinate judiciary, who will only deal with criminal cases. Addressing a press conference on Monday afternoon at the Sharif Medical Complex, situated at his family estate in Raiwind, he also unveiled his government's plan to bring about revolutionary changes in the health and education sectors. As a first step, the Punjab Government will withdraw all political cases registered by the previous regime. The decision would largely benefit PPP and PML(N) workers who endured hardships and served long terms of imprisonment on trumped-up charges. There were many former legislators who were punished for their refusal to switch over to the government. Prominent among them were Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and PML(N) leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi. In a democratic polity everyone has a right to the freedom of opinion and cannot be deprived of it under any circumstances. But Pakistan under 'true democracy' widely digressed from internationally acknowledged principles. General Musharraf's handpicked politicians maltreated all those who opposed their policies. The Punjab experienced the worst type of political victimization in the past five years. Mian Shahbaz has done well by announcing his decision to end the politics of victimization. It however coincided with the Punjab Government's decision to reduce former CM Ch Pervaiz Elahi's security that led him to express the apprehension that his life was in danger. The federal government meanwhile is equally hostile to the political opponents. Its decision to place former Sindh CM Arbab Ghulam Rahim on the ECL is a case in point. The ruling political leadership should keep in mind that such moves would only create doubts about its commitment to initiate the process of national reconciliation.