Conflict and confrontation has marred the political landscape of our country. Demonstration of political sagacity is needed in the interest of the country and our political players. In the backdrop of ongoing precarious political and security situations, it is the responsibility of the ruling party to play fair and address the genuine concerns of both the public and the other political parties. The government has decided to hold a brief ceremony on Independence Day, at D-Chowk Islamabad, which would end well before PTI’s rally could reach there. To strengthen democracy, the government should also pay heed to the genuine grievances of other political parties and the public. Democratic culture can gain roots only if a strong accountability mechanism is ensured and public concerns are addressed.

A.A.SEHGAL,

Lahore, July 17.