The process of the return of the MQM to the federal and provincial governments started on Monday, after President Asif Zardari spoke on the phone with MQM chief Altaf Hussain, with the proposed return of Sindh Governor Dr Eshratul Ebad to his provincial capital, and to his post, after he had resigned on June 27, along with the partys federal and provincial ministers. As he is the federal representative in the province, this is appropriate as a start to the process of the MQM returning to the governments. The latest resignation was over the postponement of the AJK polls in Karachi, and was followed by target killers going on a spree that made the city virtually collapse, with people going hungry as supply chains started collapsing. Though the crisis seems to be over, Sindh Housing Minister Zulfiqar Mirza, who had until recently held the Home portfolio, sparked it off again with remarks reflecting contempt of Muhajirs and their elders. Once the city had been brought back under control after Altaf called for peace, the time seemed right for the MQM to come back, something which appeared a distinct possibility on Friday, but was strenuously denied by MQM headqurters at Nine Zero. The revelation by Interior Minister Rehman Malik that the killers during the murder spree used weapons of Israeli make has been ignored, but the MQM was careful to issue a denial of this, which was a sign that they were about to return to the government. The MQM needs to consider the political wisdom of playing politics while their city is in turmoil. The MQM must also consider why it has placed itself in the position of the boy who cried wolf, and how much credibility the PPP will place in any further resignations, as it believe that a phonecall from the President will win over Altaf, and thus the party. It is also not known what will be the fate of the commissionerate system, which the MQM had opposed both while in government, when it prevented it, and out of government, when it protested its re-introduction. The MQM will face the AJK election on Wednesday (today), the day on which polling was to be held again in the constituencies where voting was stopped. It is unlikely to be able to affect the result of that poll, but it will find that the headaches of governing will be complicated by a system it opposed, not to mention that the local body polls which the MQM wanted so badly are under the old system, under which any MQM leaders elected heads of local councils will not enjoy the powers that the nazims had. It seems that the MQM has a fear of going out of office, and it also appears that the MQM has once again placed federal politics behind provincial. If the MQM indeed wishes to go national, as it claims and as its name change indicates, it will have to develop a national approach which does not give so much priority to Sindh concerns.