It was, perhaps, the fifth or sixth time since the political system was ushered in again in 2008 that the people of Pakistan had seen the PML-N build a crescendo of criticism, entirely justified no doubt, against the shenanigans of the ruling PPP government, only to see it miserably fizzle out. All that was required for the PML-N leader, Mian Nawaz Sharif, to change his mind was for the President and Prime Minister to make a telephone call and convey to him an assurance of giving due consideration to his grievances. The beleaguered citizenry, disenchanted with the contrast between word and action of the government, particularly insofar as their anxieties for survival are concerned, felt utterly dismayed when Mian Nawaz held out the assurance to both the leaders on Friday that he would not upset the existing political applecart. They must have told him that his letter to the President would not be ignored and his counsels duly attended to. It is quite strange that such a conciliatory attitude should have been adopted in the face of the rampant corruption and errant ways of the authorities with no sign of any attempt at adopting corrective measures. Thus, the credibility of the PML-N among the electorate stands, unmistakably, chipped away. Besides, Mian Nawaz has had a repeated, bitter experience of a blatant breach of solemn commitments the Charter of Democracy, the most glaring one, for instance made by Mr Zardari, or for that matter even Mr Gilani. It hardly needs reiteration that in a democratic polity, the political party in power should ideally complete its constitutional term in office. But should it go astray to an extent that its continued stay becomes inimical to the national interest, it falls on the opposition, if it fails to rein it in, to work for a change of the guard and step in. Now, the trenchant utterances of the Leader of the Opposition, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan (PML-N), would be treated as no more than empty rhetoric, with the public losing hope of better days. While the PML-N has seen its rating fluctuate, though ending up ever lower, the PPP could not have done it any better, what with its people-unfriendly policies and what with its attitude of obeisance before the US. The Prime Minister has had a foretaste of the bad days with the voters when he visited Dadu on Friday. Even though the audience had been carefully screened and no one except party workers had been allowed to be present in the hall, there were rowdy scenes and persuasion of both Mr Gilani and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah failed to bring order among the crowd. Ultimately, the Prime Minister had to curtail his address. The scenario is a stark reminder to the ruling as well as opposition political players, if the countrys general situation had failed to jolt them, that the present manner of governance and the poor watchdog role of the opposition would not work much longer. The peoples patience has worn too thin for tolerance.