JUI-Fs separation with the PPP-led government has created an atmosphere of political uncertainty. This is to all intents and purposes, a stark reminder of the governments fragility. There was definitely pressure on Prime Minister Gilani to give marching orders to Hamid Saeed Kazmi given the dreadful conduct of his ministry in handling the Haj operation but the decision to turf out Science and Technology Minister Azam Swati shows his poor judgment. Little wonder the rashness with which the action was taken provoked the JUI-F in breaking ranks with the government. There is a perception that Mr Swati was punished merely because he had the courage to criticise rampant corruption during the Haj operation. Further proof that the government has been hoist with its own petard is evident from Sindhs Interior Minister Zulfiqar Mirzas sabre-rattling against the MQM causing considerable tension between the two allies. It appears that Zardari camp is of the view that it has a lot of room to manoeuvre but this overconfidence might ruin the ruling dispensation. It has contacted the PML-Q to get its support in an attempt to repair the damage caused by the JUI-Fs estrangement. However, party leader Chaudhry Shujaat has replied that the PPP government would first have to mend its ways. And since we know that cleaning up its act would be the last thing the PPP would be willing to do, there is little chance of any alliance. In fact, in trying to woo the PML-Q, the PPP is likely to provoke yet another coalition partner, the PML-N ultimately posing a threat to the joint arrangement in Punjab. With the situation in Sindh already precarious, messing up the political climate in Punjab may well turn out to the proverbial straw that broke the camels back. So the question here is: where does the government stand? Already, the credibility which is the bedrock of any representative government has greatly suffered owing to the brazen defiance of the apex judiciary over the NRO. Another major challenge comes from the pathetic state of affairs in Balochistan. Despite more than two-and-a-half years in power, it is obvious that the PPP lacks the will to address the problems faced by the province. Last but not least, comes bad governance, afflicting every ministry and department. There is a whirlpool of crisis and at the receiving end of this kind of managerial abuse is the hapless public now literally raging with anger. The pity is that the PPP-led set-up remains unfazed.