THE Supreme Court verdict declaring the November 3 Emergency null and void and leaving it to Parliament to decide the fate of the various ordinances promulgated by former President Musharraf, has now diverted the public's attention towards the supreme legislative body. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, therefore, rightly observed on Saturday, while talking to newsmen, that it was up to Parliament to play its role. Nor would one disagree with him that with a free media, strong political forces and an active judiciary, the people had more expectations from the government. However, his remarks that the government had to move ahead with a balanced approach and "Parliament has to act very maturely" have created some confusion about which possible expectations of the people he was expressing his reservations. Mr Gilani's plea that the annulment of the 17th Amendment and Article 58(2b was part of the PPP's manifesto, as well as within the provisions of the Charter of Democracy signed by late Benazir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif, would not afford much comfort to the people. The fact remains that the PPP-led government has been in office for nearly a year and a half, but except for making banal expressions of intent over and over again it has not made any significant move to bring the Constitution back to its original form. The PPP leadership would say that it has constituted a committee comprising representatives of different political parties to thoroughly examine the issue of constitutional amendments and come up with recommendations, but this committee has been generally perceived as merely a dilatory tactic. The common conclusion is that since these constitutional measures make the President very powerful he is loath to get rid of them. But they distort the character of the Constitution, that is supposed to be a parliamentary democracy, and should be annulled at the earliest. The Prime Minister should know that it is not only the PPP and the PML(N) which want to remove these most glaring constitutional aberrations, but also a number of other political parties; there is a virtual consensus about undoing the 17th Amendment and Article 58(2b). Therefore, mustering two-thirds majority in Parliament to remove them should pose no big challenge. Since the issue of General Musharraf's fate has been left to Parliament, it should waste no time in taking it up. He trampled over the Constitution freely during the eight years' of his dictatorial rule and political parties of all shapes and hues have strongly expressed themselves against his actions. It is time Parliament acted to show him his place. That would constitute an effective deterrent to any aspiring Bonapartist in the future.