IN a telephone call made to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif counselled him to avoid confrontation with the Supreme Court; for in case of a showdown between the two, the PML-N would side with the Court. The PML-N reportedly is in favour of withdrawal of the summary that took the stand that since the President enjoyed immunity from prosecution under the Constitution the Swiss authorities could not be approached for reopening the cases against him. That summary, as earlier given out, was to be submitted to the apex court on Monday, but was not on the plea that it had not yet been signed. However, the PMs statements, appearing almost daily in the media, paint a picture of disregard for court verdicts. Thus, for all the claims of respect for the judiciary, as the Prime Minister reiterated in his conversation with the CM, there is every indication that his government would make no move for the reopening of Swiss cases that the Supreme Court has repeatedly been stressing. The pursuit of these cases, which the SC ordered last December in the course of its landmark judgement striking down the NRO, would be the most tangible evidence of that respect. And yet the government is seen to be adopting delaying tactics. For instance, the Attorney General filed a request, on behalf of the PM, before the SC on Monday that hearing on the implementation of the NRO verdict should be adjourned till the court had pronounced upon the NRO review petition. Similarly, it was revealed that Mr Gilani was too busy looking after the flood-stricken people to sign the summary. The uncertainty and calls for change that the confused situation has provoked have given rise to all sorts of speculations about the future political set-up of the country. It was to effectively put an end to these speculations that Mian Shahbaz telephoned Mr Gilani to counsel compliance with court verdicts and avoid confrontation with the SC. Apparently, the Chief Ministers assurance of support did not stretch to the point where the federal government would defy the apex court. The point is quite clear. Acceptance of court decisions, in letter and in spirit, would rule out the possibility that the democratic applecart in the country would be upset, and speculations about the 'boots entering the scene scotched. Despite the despairing signs of the governments dogged refusal to implement the NRO decision in full, one would like to hope that saner voices like those of the CM, the intelligentsia and the media are heard in the corridors of powers.