IT was good to hear from President Asif Zardari that the provinces would not have to fight to get their rights, but his observation that no one would be allowed to sabotage democracy calls for elaboration. Addressing a gathering in Larkana on the 56th birthday of his late wife the slain PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto on Sunday, he did not make any pointed reference in this regard while informing the audience that the government had been given assurances for peace and stability in Balochistan and other parts of the country. As his son Bilawal, while addressing a function in Bradford, talked more about his mother's assassination and the need to bring the killers to task, President Zardari focused his speech on protecting the rights of provinces and resolving the crisis facing the country. That the government plans to constitute the National Finance Commission Award for the distribution of resources among the federating units, soon after the approval of the federal and provincial budgets, is good news. It comes at a time when the smaller provinces are seeking the protection of their rights and resources. Balochistan is on the top of the list. More than a year after the establishment of a democratic set-up in the country, the Baloch still wait to be compensated for the excesses committed against them in the past. It is time to get all political parties on board to resolve the crises facing the country's largest province. The issue of provincial autonomy also figured prominently in the President's address. But what needs to be understood is how this issue could be easily resolved by reverting to the 1973 Constitution, which provides guarantees to all the federating units with regard to their financial and administrative matters. Those in authority have to focus their attention on doing away with the draconian amendments made in the Constitution in the past which alone can provide a solution to the problems the nation finds itself facing.