STATEMENTS from different political leaders are flying in all directions raising a serious issue of whether change is being anticipated. We have had the President declare that he and his supporters knew how to defend democracy and this has been followed by the Prime Minister declaring that they had come to power through the ballot box and technocracy was not acceptable. Which immediately begged the question as to who was suggesting that the present democratic set-up be replaced by a technocracy except for a US apologist Pakistani analyst? In any case, the key economic decision makers are all IMF-linked technocrats already But these statements in defence of the present set-up are part of a wider series of declarations from various political quarters. The MQM Chief has recently been continuously demanding a form of vigilantism and has been egging the military leaders to simply go around shooting feudal and others he has condemned as bad for the country. On Thursday Pir Pagara declared that the Army did not intervene politically on anyones behest but of its own volition. He also stated that the generals of the Pakistan Army were patriots but why did he feel the need to state what should be assumed always to begin with? Also, on Thursday, the Quaid of the main opposition party, the PML-N, Mian Nawaz Sharif came out with guns blazing against the government and its performance. He said if it did not mend its ways, then he would favour change but through legal means. In effect, he seemed supportive of a soft revolution through constitutional means and once again he insisted that the Charter of Democracy had not been fulfilled. He now called for a Charter of Pakistan involving all the political parties to protect the country from unconstitutional acts. He also made another interesting suggestion calling for people from all walks of life to sequester themselves and create a 25-year agenda for Pakistan. The problem is who would these people be? Meanwhile, beyond the political leaders, certain self-anointed media gurus are also discussing various ways with which to bring about an end to this government such is the level of frustration and anger at its corruption and inability to provide even a modicum of governance let alone clean and efficient governance. In the midst of all this, we have had the murder in London of one of the MQM leaders and this has lent itself to all manner of rumours flying around. It is the incredible levels of corruption and nepotism and a total lack of governance that is creating an increasing uncertainty in the environment. At the end of the day, the nation in its hour of trial and tribulation needs to demand of its leaders that they simply go back to the viable and progressive roadmap for Pakistan that the Quaid drew up but which has been lost sight of. No new Charters are needed. However, the first requirement for implementing that roadmap is an honest, accountable and capable leadership that is committed to this nation. So far that has been our great vacuum.