Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has called for hanging the corrupt elite upside down in open squares because they have weakened the foundations of the dear homeland. This might appear to be a harsh judgement but there can be no doubt that they should be shown no quarter. Only then the country can be rid of the deadly menace of corruption. Indeed, he rightly stated that corruption was at its peak but still there was no one willing to fight it. One also fully agrees with his contention that the country would not have to beg foreign powers for money had the loans to the tune of $60 billion been spent on public welfare. If one looks at the state of affairs in the country, the picture is pretty much pathetic. First of all, defiance of Supreme Court orders on NRO and other cases is a strong indication that the government condones corruption and believes that those of its functionaries who indulge in unscrupulous ways to amass wealth should be given protection. There is hardly any government department or institution that is working without any taint of financial scandal. Various reports of Transparency International attest to this fact, which also rebut the claim of the PPPs top leadership that corruption allegation against it are politically motivated. Likewise if the Zardari set-up argues that although the menace exists at the level of institutions and lower government carders it is not of its making and, besides, it is difficult to eliminate, even then it is to blame because three years in power are no short a period of time to show results. Having said that, Mian Shahbaz should be mindful of the reality that the struggle to clean the Aegean stables cannot be taken to its logical conclusion if it is not simultaneously carried out in Punjab as well, where there is a lot of room for improvement and bringing in transparency where a system of check and balance is missing.