PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif is right. Although more than two-thirds of the 45-day deadline to implement the partys 10-point agenda have already passed, there is little sign of the government moving in the right direction. Frustration seems to have gotten hold of him, as meeting after meeting between the official and PML-N committees constituted to find ways to put the agenda into effect have ended up achieving nothing of substance. He is not alone in realising the governments incapability to change its ways. With the experience of three years in hindsight, a vast majority of the public thinks the same way. In fact, their conclusion is that the government is only tinkering with the issues that are urgent in nature and trying to bide time. For instance, it has not moved any closer to implementing even those points of the agenda which do not require lengthy periods of preparation, like the selection of persons of integrity to head state corporations to stem the huge losses they are at present suffering. This could have been done in a matter of days. Rather, corrupt and unqualified favourites have been allowed to continue to man them. Against the backdrop of this scenario, it is difficult to appreciate the sense of urgency displayed by the President who has taken the initiative of convening a round table conference of the various political parties to 'achieve a consensus on national issues of economic and political importance. For, it would not be incorrect to say that the PML-Ns agenda is a sum total of these issues and reflects the basic demands of the people battered by severe economic straits and corrupt and clueless ruling classes. And only if the government were to take up this agenda in right earnest, there would be no need for such a get-together. Accordingly, the call for the APC is being seen as an attempt to detract attention from the PML-Ns agenda rather than an endeavour to address the challenges facing the country. In practical terms, the government seems to have no intention of eliminating unnecessary waste of money, notwithstanding the claim of the Finance Minister that the budget deficit was being reduced and expenditure cut. Now that the federal cabinet has resigned, it is hoped that the new one would consist of fewer though more competent persons. The three-billion-rupee monster of a project of building lodges for the parliamentarians at a time of economic stringency had evoked severe criticism from political commentators and the media, compelling the Prime Minister to commit a review of the idea. As the hue and cry has died down, it has reared its head again. If anything, it is an indication that the short-sighted lot that sits in Parliament has little idea of the state of the countrys economy and, indeed, the sufferings of the people. Thus, there is no possibility that the conference would succeed in any respect.