JUST shortly after the president's resignation the PML-Q has started to collapse like a mud wall in monsoon. Cracks developed after the elections had widened with the passage of time. On Wednesday two separate batches of its members met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to assure him of their support. What was common in both the groups was their opposition towards the Chaudhry brothers. Concurrently another development that could give a telling blow to the party was that of Q league's members belonging to the Punjab Assembly were seen to be drifting towards the PML-N. According to a private TV channel, Punjab's forward bloc chief Najaf Abbas Sial said on Wednesday that about 45 members would join the PML-N in a few days. Expressing his dissatisfaction with how Chaudhry Shujaat's poor leadership had mismanaged the party affairs, Mr Sial revealed that other party members were also contacting him for joining the PML-N. On the other hand, one cannot help but notice the undersized delegation that accompanied Chaudhry brothers' visit to former President General Musharraf. That this was very small indicates the extent of the demoralization in party's ranks. It bears repeating that the PML-Q was the result of political engineering enticing turncoats from various parties like the PML-N, PPP and others. It reminds one of the Islami Jamhoori Itehaad cobbled up by the ISI in 1988. What is demoralizing the PML-Q at present is the ignominious defeat in the February 18 elections. The public's hatred towards it could be gauged from the fact that despite all the backing from the intelligence agencies, the party failed to put up a decent show. Its decline reinforces the view that the parties created by dictators remain isolated from the masses and do not last long after the expulsion of their creators from the political scene. While Chaudhry Shujaat and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi happen to be weather-beaten politicians, it remains to be seen how they would keep the party together from further disintegration.