In a parliamentary form of governments, the president serves as a "figurehead". Incontrast to a full-fledged presidential system president is considered head of state and a symbol of federation. The president refrains from indulging in partisan politics and eschews fromtaking active part in party politics. All political partiesrespect president for his positive and aboveboard stance. But in Pakistan democracy has its worst form. The recent bashing of Nawaz Sharifby President is a slur on the face of democracy and has shocked the nation. The slanging match is most shameful. For smooth functioning of fairand transparent democratic system President Zardari should avoid entangling himselfin a blame game. IFTIKHAR SHAHEEN MIRZA, Islamabad, June 23.