The police have been developing the habit of looking the other way, whenever there is a development of law and order situation. This is especially true when the circumstances are political in nature. The recent clash in Gujrat between two rival political parties resulted in the blockage of GT Road and created a tense atmosphere. During the whole episode, although the police were reported to be at the scene but stood on the sidelines as spectators. It was only after the incident that the people involved were charged. This only shows how this institution is being politically manipulated, as the police was unable to prevent this incident. Probably because there were influential people involved from both parties, in this episode. HASSAN BASHIR, Islamabad, January 20.