August is the month of reckoning and retrospection to take stock of our service to the nation in the light of Quaid-i-Azam's ideals and aspirations. This year like many previous years our performance has been pathetically dismal. Our government has failed to control terrorism which has spread like cancer in the country. Even the large-scale military operation has not yet been able to fully control it. Hundreds of people are dying daily on the war front or in frequent suicidal attacks or target killings. The people are living in a state of phobia due to the uncontrollable law and order situation and frequent murders and robberies. The economic situation too is most alarming. The country is surviving on day to day dole outs from foreign loan sharks. The industry has come to a standstill due to the shortage of energy resources. The long and frequent blackouts have made life miserable. The prices of food items and other necessities of life are rising daily on one pretext or the other. The net of poverty is widening day by day. The government has failed to control the prices leaving the people to their fate. Furthermore, the government expenses are rising beyond all proportions. The heads of government and their minions are enjoying life like Arab Sheikhs oblivious of the muck of poverty heaped around them. Corruption too is increasing by leaps and bounds. Today we are ranked as one of the most corrupt nation in the world. At the same time we are one of the poorest. But, surprisingly, the electronic media is busy in advertising expensive products to promote consumerism beyond measure, which is the main cause of despondency and depression among the poor masses who are everyday committing robberies and murders in order to be able to purchase refrigerators, ACs and most of all cell phones. The Islamic values of piety, hard work, honesty, austerity and devotion to duty taught by the Holy Quran have been forgotten. Our government, educational institutions and media are also not interested in promoting these values. The Quaid's speeches and Iqbal's poetry have been completely ignored since General Ziaul Haq's era. The teachings have been absolutely ignored in our schools and colleges. Therefore the time has come that Quaid-i-Azam's speeches and the writings of many great scholars about him should be a part of the curriculum. In fact the government has put education on the backburner leaving the youth to thrive on TV commercials. Fortunately, the second edition of a comprehensive book named, Jinnah Anthology, compiled by Mr Liaquat Merchant, a nephew of Mr Jinnah, and professor Shariful Mujahid, an authority on Quaid-i-Azam, has been brought out by the Jinnah Society recently. The book contains contributions from scholars like Stanley Wolpert, S M Burk, Ayesha Jalal and many others on the Quaid's personality, his political philosophy, his vision of Pakistan and his guidelines to rule the Muslim homeland. It is, no doubt, a valuable contribution to the literature on the Quaid. It is suggested that this book should be translated in Urdu, for the convenience of those who cannot read English, if possible. Now a word about the Supreme Court's judgement in Quaid's Pakistan. Much has been written on the landmark judgement of the Supreme Court striking down the November 3 emergency imposed by the then General Musharraf, but the court has considered appropriate that two major consequences of the emergency - NRO and the issue of the punishment of General (retd) Musharraf for abrogating the constitution may be left to the Parliament to decide. This is a great responsibility handed down by the court to the peoples' representatives and one hopes, they will fulfil it as early as possible and not let it hanging like the issue of the 17th amendment. I am confident that 'justice' will be served by Parliament. The writer is former director news, PTV