THE landmark event of the restoration of the deposed judiciary will go a long way in strengthening democracy in Pakistan. A new hope has emerged, but in order to cash in on the opportunity a lot more needs to be done. For that, the onus would rest with both the government and the opposition to carry on with the momentum provided by the good news of the judges' reinstatement given by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in a nation-wide address in the early hours of Monday. There should be no delay in the implementation of his commitment about putting the Charter of Democracy into effect. Though Mian Nawaz Sharif has reciprocated in a positive way by saying that he would extend full support to the PPP-led government, there is a need to do away with the ticklish issues on a priority basis for that would guarantee against rebirth of hostilities. Foremost among them, relates to the powers held by President Asif Zardari to dismiss a sitting government, which must be curtailed if true spirit of parliamentary democracy is to be revived. The proverbial sword of Damocles hanging over Parliament in the form of Article 58(2b), that in the past had led to the ouster of various popularly elected governments, should be removed. One hopes that the move in this regard will be made by President Zardari himself, who earlier insisted that the party would resolve the issue in its own way. And the sooner the better. Secondly, the situation in Punjab is something that, despite the decision of the judges' restoration has the potential to breed contempt. It includes the issue of the restoration of the PML(N) government in Punjab and the end of Governor's Rule. The federal government must facilitate efforts for the formation of the provincial set-up in a transparent manner and avoid practices like horse-trading, as engineering of the sort would seriously blunt the prevalent optimism. Statements like the one passed by MNA Farzana Raja on Saturday, that there was a forward bloc in the PML(N) and that the PPP commanded its loyalty, should be avoided. The real test, however, will start once the set-up is installed in Punjab. How the coalition government in the province was being run was pathetic, to say the least, where it had become a routine exercise for Governor Salman Taseer and some of the hawks in the PML(N) to level charges against each other. This must be avoided if good governance and serving the people is the real motive. And the duty lies on both the PML(N) and PPP top brass to ensure that their party men maintain discipline. In the meanwhile, the leadership could do well to launch a joint effort for reviving the economy and reining in militancy. As ill luck would have it, the GDP for the current fiscal year has come down to 2.5 percent from 5.8 percent last year. The inflationary spiral has made it virtually impossible for the common man to have three meals a day. Suffice it to say that the economy cannot afford another bout of political turmoil. Then the state of affairs in the tribal areas has also to be taken care of. The deteriorating law and order situation in our cities have over the time dealt a big blow to the country with the recent incident of firing on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore seriously tarnishing our image across the globe. Finally, it is to be hoped that all the parties, instead of washing each other's dirty linen in public as has been the norm, would work for greater national reconciliation and nation-building. The journey towards the Pakistan envisioned by the Founding Fathers of the country should not be stopped.