THE call by veteran politician and Chairman Pakhtunkhawa Milli Awami Party Mahmood Khan Achakzai to convene an All Parties Conference to hammer out a strategy to end the prevailing constitutional and judicial crisis before the lawyers take to the streets, should be heeded by all concerned. The proposal is quite pertinent in the context of the legal community having made a call for a long march and a sit-in in front of Parliament on March 9 and the PML(N)'s announcement that it would vigorously participate to provide fresh impetus to the movement for the restoration of the deposed judiciary. Considering also the statements by President Supreme Court Bar Association Ali Ahmed Kurd, it seems that the country is set to see more political turmoil. Urging the government to reinstate Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry at the earliest, Mr Kurd said that March 9 would go down in history as a landmark event. He warned at the same time that the failure of the lawyers' movement would usher in a long dark night in the country. One can entirely attribute such statements to his fiery temperament. Nevertheless, steps like long march in the current scenario should be given a serious thought before one embarks on criticising them. There should be little doubt that the cause for which the PML(N) and the legal fraternity are striving is just. However, in the larger national interest, the tendency of going to extremes should be avoided. Pragmatic considerations, rather than political expediency, must be given due weight. Certain politicians have gone even to the extent of making demands for mid-term elections. What adds fuel to the fire is the situation in Punjab; a replay of the confrontational politics the country had been witnessing throughout the 1990s. It is quite clear that although some of Governor Salman Taseer's statements indicated that he wanted a working relationship with the provincial government, but events prove that he is long on rhetoric. In yet another open letter to the CM, he has asked the Punjab government to tender an apology for accusing district representatives of corruption, something that would raise up the ante further. It is political insinuations of the sort, both at the provincial and federal levels, that is encouraging undemocratic forces to jump into the fray and muddy the waters. The whole picture ought to be seen in the backdrop of external threats to the country. While New Delhi continues with its sabre-rattling, there seems no end to the drone attacks in the tribal areas. Thus the remedy lies in Mr Achakzai's prescription that stresses the need for all the parties from across the political divide to sit down and contemplate a solution.