Democracy in Pakistan is hostage to the ego of one man who always manipulates to hold absolute control over every institution of Pakistan and wants to rule forever. He tramples the parliament, constitution, institutional integrity, national sovereignty, economy, domestic & foreign affairs - all under his feet. He sits on top like a Pharaoh on his throne. Pakistani democracy has become a laughing stock, an object of ridicule and jokes because of him. -J. P. MUSA, New York, USA, via e-mail, March 14.