IF there was any doubt about the present governments penchant for brinkmanship, the handling of the case of judges appointment, in total disregard of constitutional provisions, should put that at rest. The issue of the deposed judiciarys restoration was another striking example that had kept the nation in nervous suspense for so long, and one can, perhaps, also point to the short-lived precipitous decision to send the ISI Chief to India without consulting the relevant quarters. Consistent with the psyche of those who are prone to taking matters to the edge of a precipice, indulging in doublespeak at the same time, but when pressure to back down refuses to relent tamely surrendering. So the Prime Minister felt no humiliation in finally accepting the recommendations of the Chief Justice. The official apologists might term the act of 'correcting the mistake - Mr Gilanis words that continue to ring in the ear - as a sign of greatness. But the truth is that the defiance of judicial opinion that is based on the Constitution and established democratic traditions, constitutes a serious danger to the present order established after a long and hard struggle. Apart from that, the cost to the country of such policies is incalculable. Already, the nation is a classic case of despondency and despair, thanks to thoroughly bad governance. Street rallies and protests being staged, on the one hand, against high inflationary pressures, abysmal law and order conditions, pervasive corrupt practices, rank mismanagement of public affairs and, on the other, in favour of pay rise from low-paid employees, draw larger crowds of people, as deliberate blunders to subvert democracy are committed. The opposition, as we have seen in the case of PML-N, which had been enduring the widespread accusation of covertly siding with the government, reaches the conclusion that Mr Zardari is the greatest threat to democracy. The economy, already in tatters, gets another shattering blow. At this stage when evils like inefficiency, corruption and disregard of law have seeped deep into the countrys fabric, the only chance of salvation appears to rest with the strict compliance with verdicts of the judiciary that, happily, is taking decisions uninfluenced by outside pressure. There is no justification for the fear of 'judicial dictatorship; the facts on the ground speak differently. There is also reason to expect that once the courts have their full strength of judges, as the Prime Minister has indicated, the people would get speedier justice. It is also extremely important that the present procedure for the appointment of superior court judges is not fiddled with by any means, like the constitutional package in the offing, to avoid politicising the judiciary.