There's been lot of speculation about why Former British High Commissioner to Islamabad Mark Lyall Grant was here and what he discussed with the country's top political leadership. Just ahead of leaving for New York to take on his new assignment as Britain's Permanent Representative at the United Nations, he might well have been on a I-wanna-say-adieu visit to the Presidency and the Raiwind Palace. Mr Grant, who once gained the well-earned reputation of being a deal maker or breaker, had brokered the homecoming of both Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif with Musharraf. Perhaps he was getting nostalgic about this part of the world. It's not just that he served here and is well versed in Urdu, but because his great-grandfather Sir James Lyall was the Lieutenant Governor of the United Punjab under British Rule. Relationship with Pakistan running so deep might well have given Mr Grant the nerve to ask President Zardari and Mian Nawaz not to press for the trial of General (retd) Musharraf and cautioned them against likely threats to democracy. ****** The reports doing the rounds about the cabinet reshuffle to take place soon after President Asif Zardari's return from China must have kept federal ministers on tenterhooks. Barring a few exceptions, maybe all of them. It is going to be corruption that will form the basis for the purge. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani might have realized that it is time to make choice between cleaning up the image of his own government and continuing with stuff like Manzoor Wattoo et al.