ISLAMABAD President Asif Ali Zardaris address on the eve of second anniversary of his slain spouse Benazir Bhutto in Naudero is widely taken as an expression of threat perception. Critics have rightly pointed out that his speech, inter alia, missed the valour of a head of the state whose constitutional position requires rising above the party or regional politics. The Presidents spokesman Farhatullah Babars explanations to the media that the President during his speech addressed the anti-PPP forces confirmed the understanding that he spoke the political rather than the Presidential language. Some analysts on the private electronic media even alleged him using tone and tenor of a district councillor. Apart from Zardaris tone, the content of the Presidents address to the Benazirs death anniversary was far from what was being anticipated from the head of the state at this critical juncture of the countrys history. It is on record that addressing the first death anniversary of the former Prime Minister, Zardari who was not President by that time, had said that he knew who murderers were. After a year now and especially after he had won the Presidency as well having his party government already in place, he was expected to share the probe into the mysterious murder of his spouse who was the leader of an international and legendary stature. A student of political science would suggest that a true statesman would not scare his people even if he was seeing any danger looming large against the smooth governance. Zardaris speech on Sunday gave an altogether opposite sense. The President presented not only himself as terrified of conspirators but also scared the entire nation of confrontation between the state institutions. Irrespective of the spokesmans interpretations, the President said, We know how to fight but we also know that fighting would weaken the state institutions. This clearly pointed towards a feared political polarization. An overview of the representative institutions of the state would indicate that the PPP holding two of them (the government and the Presidency) was at war with others, which were not under its control. Thus it was the judiciary and the army that the PPP leadership believed were threatening the very longevity of its regime. It is beyond any doubt that the basic right of a political party and its leadership is to perceive such threats to its rule and preempt them in time. But rushing to conclude that every one who is not subduing before the rulers is against the rule is rather risky particularly in a democratic dispensation. Therefore, PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, who is the President of Pakistan as a matter of fact, and his party needs to master their fears rather than voicing them to leave the political scene of the country as uneasy and uncertain. Zardaris speech furthered the sense of uncertainty especially for the investors rather than giving them a message of stability and policy sustainability from the pedestal of the Presidency.