TO a nation already baffled and angry at the ruling leaders waywardness, the Prime Minister announced on Monday, from as authentic a platform as Parliament, that the restoration of the deposed judiciary, nearly a year ago, still lacked parliamentary approval. A clear inference that the judges, who are giving verdicts unfavourable to the government, are, in fact, hostage to the sweet will of the PPP that can, with the help of other parties in the House, simply refuse to endorse the executive order to restore the judges that Mr Gilani issued 'on his own. In his opinion, the mass public movement deserved no credit. In the same breath, he held out the assurance that the interpretation of the Supreme Court on the question of the appointment of judges would be accepted. Making confusion more confounded, he added, If the House decides to give the powers of judges appointment to the Chief Justice instead of the President, we have no objection to it. Then again, he warned the different institutions of the state not to step out of their domains, to avoid catastrophic results. This was an apparent reference to judicial activisim imposed upon the courts by the peoples unrelieved suffering as a result of governments malpractices. The anomalous rigmarole did not end there. Mr Gilani, paradoxically, said that there were no differences between the government and the judiciary. We are in favour of the Chief Justice, judiciary and democracy, he asserted. Indeed, there are aspects of the working of our rulers minds that the brightest in the country do not have the faintest idea about The PML-N staged a walkout from the National Assembly and marched up to Constitution Avenue to register its solidarity with the judiciary. Its leaders vowed not to let a 'one-man show prevail, alleging that the entire game was being played to save a 'single person. Meanwhile, there were countrywide public rallies in support of the President and against, and protests by the lawyers community, which had earlier issued a call for strike on Monday. The unity that the lawyers had demonstrated while fighting for the restoration of the judiciary and the rule of law was, however, no longer to be seen.. Noisy scenes were witnessed at their general body meeting. A sizeable section stood with the government. The country stands at a crossroads, desperately in need of direction for the right course to take. If we want to turn the corner, there is no other course in sight than to strictly abide by the rule of law and judicial decisions. At this juncture, we just cannot afford to fritter away our energies on points of ego. Instead of keeping the entire nation on the edge, the crisis ought to be straightaway defused and the recommendations of the Chief Justice accepted.