The Prime Minister has a serious misconception. Few, if any, in the country would be in favour of any system other than democracy. Whenever the military imposed its rule, it was not welcomed in the sense that Mr Gilani interpreted when he answered a question at a ceremony held at the end of an international conference on School of tomorrow: freedom to learn organised by the Beacon House at Lahore on Friday. Although the generals Bonapartist ambitions did, indeed, play their part, allegations of corruption against the democratic rulers, internal wrangling, proven irregularities and, without doubt, the politicians own machinations inviting the army to take over, proved the catalyst. The people who had different expectations of their elected representatives heaved a sigh of relief, vainly hoping that the army would address their problems. Thus, the real concern of the masses is, as always and as elsewhere in the world, the nitty-gritty of life: jobs, security, education, health, affordable prices of essential goods of life, etc; in short, their betterment. And had the ruling political set-ups honoured the promise of hope that they held out at the hustings, there would have been little chance for a power hungry general to step in. Democracy would have taken deep roots. The public at large has now grown politically aware, and become more conscious of their rights, helped in this regard by the media that has acquired freedom enough to fearlessly point a finger at the corrupt and errant political bosses. The people only demand good governance. They have no love lost for the men in khaki. Nor do they want them back in power. The whole world has been witness to the struggle waged by them to boot out General Musharraf. That means that they have grown more mature and, therefore, intolerant of dictatorship. Under democracy, they realise, they have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice to power and bring them down in case they fail to deliver. The Prime Minster should know that it looks quite odd for him to try to personalise the army; it is Pakistans army, a national army and not his own army. No doubt, the present government has solved the ticklish issue of NFC Award, to mention perhaps its greatest achievement, but the list of its failures that touch the common man intimately is large and growing. It is this failing - corruption at every level of society, including the higher echelons of power, unending rise in prices, miserable law and order, inadequate health and schooling arrangements, etc. - that is troubling the people. And that is grist to the mill for the opposition. The criticism of PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif cannot be brushed aside, therefore. The government had better set its own house in order and attend to peoples concerns to peacefully complete its term.