On the day following the Chief Justice-Prime Minister meeting that apparently resolved the judiciary-executive standoff, legislators looked in a complacent mood, busy in private interactions in the National Assembly hall while the session, lacking quorum, was legislating on a critical issue of patents. From the galleries the Lower House Thursday evening gave a portrayal of a break time activity but, officially, it was very much in session as Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi was conducting the second reading on the patents amendment bill. Going through run of the mill voice voting in favour or against the bill, MNA Farahnaz Isphahani, the spouse of the Pakistani Ambassador in US Hussain Haqqani, uttered 'aye completely out of place. She was so embarrassed of what could be termed as lack of attention or improvised mistake on her part that she suddenly put her hand on her mouth in a gesture to keep it shut. She was so prominent in doing so because she was one of very few treasury members discharging the duty to say 'aye if the treasury was to favour a question or 'no in case it was the other way round. Rest of the influential treasury members including some ministers were sitting on the opposition benches chatting lightly as if they were sitting in the Parliament cafeteria not the House. Members of almost all the parties in the parliament present in the NA on Thursday were in a sort of tired calm and post-expedition retiring postures - as if they literally had exercised the so-called supremacy of the Parliament to avert a crisis in the country. Technically, they were right because the leader of the House they belong to, that is the Prime Minister, if not all of them collectively, had tangibly done so the other day when he played the role of a great rescuer sacrificing his ego. Notwithstanding the high-value utility of the PM-CJ meeting that averted an alarming crisis in the country, in the corridors of the Parliament complex from the Press Lounge to the cafeteria, the only question that reverberated was that who gained what and was there a 'deal'. A variety of answers were doing the round. The grassroots level feeling about the apparent rapprochement between the representative institutions of the state that matter in pre-requisite checks and balances came to the fore when the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House till Friday morning. An extraordinary rush of the applicants, job seekers, and aspirants of contracts was waiting for the two ministers, Syed Naveed Qamar, and Raja Pervez Asharaf, in particular, at the exit of the NA hall. The lucky ones got their applications and reference letters written on coloured printed sheets of different letterheads having former Prime Minister Bhuttos photos in the background signed while the ministers strolled to their cars. Others, unfortunate ones, were dragged back from the rare doors of the respective ministers cars as soon as they managed to get in across the circles of the needy crowd. A fellow journalist quite rightly remarked that they had perhaps smelled a rat after the government, according to them, had retreated in the conflict with the judiciary.