PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has dropped a hint that he can take over as Prime Minister if the "need arises", adding an element of uncertainty to the confusion already existing. The comment would be widely perceived as an attempt to destabilise the new democratic dispensation at the very outset. It comes at a time when the PPP is facing an intra-party crisis triggered by its leadership's refusal to appoint Makhdoom Amin Fahim as PM. In an interview with the BBC, which was telecast on Sunday, Mr Zardari accused the establishment of conspiring against the newly-elected government. Even though he dispelled the perception that the PPP and the PML-N had differences over some key issues, he said a few things which showed there was more to the matter than met the eye. For instance Mian Nawaz Sharif keeps reiterating that General Musharraf and democracy cannot co-exist while Mr Zardari believes that the President has a role to play in the new set-up. "I neither love nor hate Mr Musharraf but we want to maintain the status quo," he told the interviewer when asked about the possibility of impeaching him. Mr Zardari doesn't want to wriggle out of his commitment about the reinstatement of the deposed judges, but he sounded bitter when he said that they (the judges) had not started a movement because they sensed a threat to democracy or the system, but had rather started it to save their own jobs. It came on the heels of the heated arguments he had exchanged with Mr Aitzaz Ahsan on this particular issue at a recent meeting of the PPP's Central Executive Committee in Naudero. Mr Zardari has amazing powers of recall. They became evident when he said that one of the reasons for the dismissal of the second PPP government was that former Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah had conspired against it along with the then President Farooq Leghari, because Ms Bhutto had refused to give a job to his son. But this is not good enough a reason to disapprove of the movement launched by the legal fraternity for the restoration of the judiciary, especially when the PPP leadership strongly opposed the November 3 Proclamation of Emergency and suspension of the Constitution along with other illegal actions taken by General Musharraf. Mr Zardari should not forget the promises his party had made with the people during the election campaign. At the same time he should either clearly announce his plan to become Prime Minister or rule out this possibility. The prevalent confusion would not let Mr Yousaf Raza Gillani work in peace and concentrate on issues of governance nor does it augur well for democracy.