One cannot disagree with Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif when he says that politicians and military rulers are both responsible in an equal measure in pushing the country to the brink of disaster. Indeed, half its existence the country has been governed by military dictators while the other half has seen the politicians ruling the roost. Both have denied the people their rights and pursued their own agendas. So, they both must get their share of the blame for the countrys present plight. Granted, the majority of politicians have always had a reputation for being corrupt as well as inept to rule. Soon after the death of founder of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah no civilian leader could walk in his footsteps. Instead the newly formed country was plunged into political chaos that ultimately paved the way for the military to jump into the fray. It ended up causing even more damage to the nascent state. The roots of discontentment leading to the secession of East Pakistan were laid during that time. However both politicians as well military rulers kept taking their turns milking the country with impunity that also accounts for the prevailing mess. Mian Shahbazs comments deserve all the more attention because the common tendency has been to lay the blame of nations plight at the door of politicians only, without talking about the corrupt practices of the generals in power, who are no less guilty. His words resonate his brother Mian Nawaz Sharifs, who stated unequivocally that neither would the corrupt mafia be allowed to come to power again nor could anything keep the PML-N from achieving its objectives. These utterances are welcome because in them lies a responsibility to stick by them. However, what Pakistan needs at the moment is a strong roadmap detailing with clarity the solutions to the myriad problems that now afflict it. While Western circles are calling it the most dangerous place on earth, which is not complete fiction, given the incidence of terrorism, our economic engine is in dire need of an overhaul. Simple problems that should not have arisen in the first place like loadshedding have become national challenges. With the elections due in a year or so, all those politicians claiming that they are the real well wishers of the people would have to show in their manifestos what they can deliver.