THE Gilani-Nawaz breakfast meeting at Raiwind, Lahore, on Monday produced little, if anything, new. It was a repeat of governments earlier commitments on the various issues confronting the country that the Prime Minister presented before the journalists at a joint press conference after the meeting. How many times has the public heard high government functionaries, particularly the PM, give the good news that the Charter of Democracy would soon be implemented And how many times has that tiding proven to be just a whiff of hot air If Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani maintained that the government would stick to the policy of reconciliation, it was a mere reaffirmation. And if the reporters were looking for a breakthrough or headline news, they were disappointed. The PML-N leader, on his part, also did not add anything new to the partys list of grievances and demands, that had not been repeated in public over and over again, without having elicited a practical response from the authorities. Some commentators have chosen to characterise the get-together, where Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, PML-N Quaids son Hussain Nawaz and some other party leaders were also present, as having defused the tension existing between the PPP and the PML-N. It was, perhaps, the PMs remark that the government had nothing to do with the Sharif family cases in the courts that made these observers claim this. However, the language and tone of Mian Nawaz Sharif told a different story. They pointed to a lingering sense of dissatisfaction and dismay owing to the non-fulfilment of promises explicitly made to him. He talked of the hope that the Bhurban meeting had raised, which till now stood dashed. His lament about letting off Musharraf scot-free contained just the known charges of distorting the countrys basic document, the spread of corruption, handing down to the nation the legacy of load shedding, etc. That Mian Nawaz wished that the dictator had been brought to justice was also an old wish. His words gave a lie to the PMs announcement, We are unanimous on all the issues. The country is virtually surrounded by seemingly intractable issues; intractable because the ruling leadership has not, in the past two years, shown the ability to solve them. In fact, the existing problems have become more complicated and new ones, more serious, have raised their ugly heads. The people are no longer interested in hearing declarations and promises about improving their plight. As Mian Nawaz said, though in a somewhat different context, Actions speak louder than words.