DEPOSED Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry's speech in Multan was significant in a number of ways. He rightly says that there was no concept of democracy or a sovereign parliament without an independent judiciary. What he really means is that it is the rule of law, which forms the foundation of a free society. If one looks at developed nations around the globe and their secret of success one cannot help but agree with his views. In our case, however, it is precisely the absence of this very principle, which has led to the demise of democracy and supported the military rule for over half the country's life. Secondly, his address also focused on the economic turbulence the country was going through at present. The all-round spiralling inflationary pressure and shortages, particularly of food items on the one hand, the official failure to respond to the people's consequent worries and contain the profitability of oil companies and dealers, would prove the rationale behind the suo moto actions taken by the Chief Justice, as he maintained that his idea was to prevent institutions like the petroleum industry from aggravating the situation and not to bring the judiciary at loggerheads with the executive. His assurance that after reinstatement he would avoid the confrontation between the two pillars of the state sounds in order. Meanwhile, the PPP, the leading party in the coalition, remains indifferent to the judicial crisis and is seemingly under the illusion that it would evaporate with the passage of time The leadership fails to understand that the more time it takes to reinstate judges, the more harm it would do to the institution, and the legal community enjoying the full backing of the civil society is not in a mood to turn back. The movement for the restoration of the judiciary is poised to gain greater momentum, if the issue is not resolved to public satisfaction. Legal activists have given another call for a Long March and countrywide demonstrations starting from August 14. Thus a way would have to be found sooner rather than later so that other pressing problems could also be attended to. Both the PPP and the PML-N continue to settle the modalities and are confused as to what was the right method. But In reality, the solution is not that hard to hammer out. By all accounts it stands to reason that if a General could throw out 60 odd judges of the superior judiciary merely following his whims, the judges have every right to be restored be it executive order or a constitutional package for that matter.