Parliament is supreme in a parliamentary form of government. But there is no supremacy sans responsibility, while the portrayal of the National Assembly session on Wednesday was even lacking realisation of the masses conditions, what to talk about responsibility. People of Pakistan these days are faced with a series of crises ranging from food to energy without mentioning the political uncertainty and security vulnerabilities. On the other hand, the level of extremely thin presence in both the Lower House and the Senate was evident to indicate the seriousness on part of the MPs towards the issues faced by the people. And even those who were present were in such a relaxed mood and posture as if there was smooth governance under their supremacy. One member in the National Assembly was really perturbed over the anomalies in mileage showing signboards at the Motorway but he was perhaps unaware of over 50 percent increase in public transport fares without any check of the Government ruining already hard pressed economic conditions of the masses. They say next wars in the world would be fought over water, and provinces in Pakistan were already in a tug-of-war over the distribution of water, ahead of water conflicts with traditionally hostile neighbouring country. India is heading fast with its ambitions to utilise the water in the rivers flowing down to Pakistan but our incumbent government is with hardly any plan to secure its water rights under the World Bank brokered treaty with India of 1960. A view of the ongoing debate on water in the National Assembly was really disappointing as the Opposition members criticised the Government on its failure to protect the countrys water rights. At the same time the Treasury members reiterated the ruling PPPs pet mantra of blaming the former dictators and that it had inherited all the problems in bid to exonerate itself of the crises. Mukhdoom Amin Fahim apprised the august House that the Government had sufficient stock of sugar and it was importing further shipments to maintain a backup. He also said that the price of the sugar had fallen sharply in the international market and pledged that the Government would pass on this benefit to the masses. The Commerce Minister, too, was unaware of around 90 percent difference in the open market price and rate of the sugar in the state-owned utility stores. There was no one even from the Opposition to ask the Government that who was responsible for this disparity. If there were sufficient stocks with the Government, then why the people were asked to show identity cards to buy a two kilograms pack of sugar at the controlled rate, that too in long queues. This rather indicates lack of Governments writ over the hoarders, and intermediaries that were fleecing the masses by buying the sugar from utility stores and again selling the same in the open market at much higher price. In short, the tranquillity observed in the National Assemblys Wednesday session was indicating such a complacence on part of the small number of MPs present as if there was hardly any crisis in the country. Then what else one can say other than terming it as a tranquil supremacy? As a soft advice to the MPs, there was no concept of authority without responsibility. And if the Parliament would not behave in a responsible manner of feeling the pain of the masses that elected them, none else but the time would deprive them of whatsoever supremacy or authority they think they wield.