Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has made some thought-provoking remarks while talking to the press on Saturday in Islamabad. His confident declaration that both the judiciary and the military were pro-democracy will be taken as a declaration that neither the military will use the prevailing situation the Memogate affair, the Salalah attack, inflation, perceptions of bad governance to take over, nor the judiciary validate such a takeover. He stressed that the only method to change the government was by means of an election, and not through any caretaker or chairtaker. Such a declaration is only to be expected of the Prime Minister, who also said that no one was willing to derail the present political dispensation. Mr Gilani spoke to the press after the depositions by the government and the heads of the Army and the ISI to the Supreme Court failed to dispel rumours of danger to the government that had come from Memogate affair. He disclosed that during his meeting with COAS Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the latter spoke to the President in Dubai and enquired after his health. Mr Gilani sounded optimistic about the talk between the two, even though the Presidents health has been an additional source of concern emerging from his recent indisposition. It becomes again apparent that the Prime Minister has not been immune to the heat from Memogate; though he is not suspected personally of doing anything wrong, the whole matter still threatens the President, the symbol of the State. Mr Gilani naturally predicted a win in the coming elections and his saying that the next government would also be a PPP-led coalition was probably more meant to reassure allies than to appeal to the electorate. If the government feels, as Mr Gilani claims it does, that the jurisdictional authority of the Supreme Court was a legal matter it would decide itself, referring to the argument raised in the federal governments reply to the court, Mr Gilani would prevent statements which emerged from the federal cabinet. These opinions denied the authority of the court to issue the government orders. Mr Gilani should note that his government has yet to obey the Supreme Court in the NRO case, and the old escape of the government, that the case had not attained finality because of the review before the Supreme Court, no longer holds water after the decision in that too has been delivered. It is only by implementing the decisions of the court that Mr Gillani's honeyed words will have any credence.