When the top political leaders are not on the same wavelength vis--vis important national issues, it doesn't reflect well on the government, the opposition and the future of the country itself. The major stakeholders in the struggle for domination are President Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. Removal of the military dictator from the political arena has, as expected, unleashed a new power struggle within country's fractious coalition. The Zardari-Sharif power-tussle had already broken up the coalition cobbled together after the February 18 polls and with every passing day gulf between the two major political parties is widening. While the PML-N had withdrawn its ministers from the Cabinet, it is holding the fort in the Punjab with a delicate majority that is being threatened by the Punjab Governor. The question arises: will there be fight to the finish between Zardari and Sharif that will further drag Pakistan deeper into the mire? The incumbent governor Punjab is hobnobbing with Musharraf's scampered PML-Q to join hands with lucrative offers such as the CM's slot. Whether he succeeds or not, it has certainly paralysed the bureaucracy in the province much to the discomfort of the common man. At what a cost, the two leaders are manoeuvring themselves into the best possible position after banishing Musharraf? They have launched a far more vicious campaign of eliminating each other. This is a power-play in which both could lose and a new mercenary would walk in. And, that has all along been our political history that we win liberty after prolonged struggles against the dictators, and once we get it, we surrender it because of the in-fights of our short-sighted leaders. The present system of governance, which is self-indulgent and egotistic does not have the stomach to clean the mess left by the former military dictator who is ruling the roost in Washington as Pakistan's self-styled ambassador at large and a messiah with bagful of failures and lies. What he is lecturing about in the US? That he was the frontline runner who dragged Bush in the Afghan quagmire by the biggest lie of the new millennium that the US mission in Afghanistan would be over in just about one month. And this was the lie he often repeated with the people of Pakistan, who are still waiting as to when that 'one month' would end. After despoiling all the state institutions, Musharraf keeps grasping on all he can get, taking no responsibility for the mayhem he has left the country in. The whole the country is on fire for which this self-styled hero is holding the new fragile government in Islamabad responsible. Who was the one that lit the match? It was not Zardari, but Musharraf himself who mortgaged the sovereignty of Pakistan for a fistful of dollars. Musharraf still is under the stupor that he is the 'Don Quixote' or Wizard of OZ, who can work miracles. After parroting without thought and understanding in America, he now plans to go on a parroting spree to India to once again despoil the credibility of the present democratic government in Islamabad. The president must stop this man immediately from gibbering over sensitive national issues in alien lands. Rescue the state and not the one who brought the country to the brink during eight years of his despotic rule. The worst thing he did was to create a political vacuum in which the growth of popular leadership was stunted and replaced by a conscienceless breed of hangers-on whose very existence was subject to Musharraf's absolute hold on power. This absolute hold on power blinded him absolutely and he destroyed vital state institutions one after the other. Can one imagine that his handpicked politicians in his king's party passed resolutions that Musharraf must stay in military uniform and rule the country till eternity? The bitter truth is, because of this uncalled for confrontation between Sharif and Zardari, has loosened the state grip on law and order and Pakistan has unfortunately been marked as an insecure zone. McClatchy has just revealed a nearly completed US military study that says nuclear-armed Pakistan, not Iraq, Afghanistan or Iran, is the most urgent foreign policy challenge facing Obama. The report depicts Pakistan as a country convulsed by a growing Al-Qaeda-backed insurgency, hamstrung by a ruinous economy and "run by an unpopular government" that's paralysed by infighting and indecision, is critical of US efforts to stabilise Afghanistan, frustrates the spread of nuclear weapons and prevents tensions with India from escalating into a nuclear showdown. The president must realise what is at stake. The report revolves around one major point: "failure of his government is being attributed to the failure of coalition between the PPP and PML-N." With the looming mid-March storm over the judicial stalemate, it would be difficult for him to wriggle out of it single-handedly or with the help of buffoons. In the name of God rejuvenate the PPP/PML-N coalition to save the country. The writer is a retired inspector general of police