Prime Minister Gilani, who addressed Pakistanis resident in Kuwait on his visit there, said that the country would not face an Egypt-like situation. The reason he gave was that no one could claim to be a more revolutionary party than the PPP. He was right to address this question, while visiting an Arab country so near Bahrain, where it seems the unrest has now spread, but he should have noticed that the events in Egypt and Tunisia did not owe themselves to any party, and the question of whether a party was revolutionary or not has been rendered irrelevant. A more important difference is that the Arab struggle, for the removal of unelected or fraudulently elected rulers, is not relevant to Pakistan which has a system of regular elections. He should not so easily dismiss his governments failure to solve the problems of the ordinary man, which have led to the same sort of conditions as have provoked the Egyptian people to revolt: inflation, corruption and unemployment of educated youth. To add to this, Pakistan is also suffering the consequences of the USAs war on terror, and as the Raymond Davis case has symbolized, the USA is apparently not satisfied with killing citizens in FATA by drone strikes, but is killing them in the major cities. If, instead of focusing on protecting a single individual and keeping him out of the hands of the courts, Mr Gilanis government was to concentrate on solving those problems, it would do more to avert the Pakistani people from breaking out in a fashion similar to their Egyptian brothers. If these problems are not solved, it might be difficult to stop them from such an outburst, sweeping away the government, indeed the very system, and brushing aside the PPP at the next election, revolutionary party or not.