As expected, Mian Nawaz Sharif was elected President of the PML-N by the partys General Council unopposed. However, the declaration of 'solo flight was to be welcomed, for it showed that the party is to be run on the lines of the Quaid-e-Azams AIML, which he led to the creation of Pakistan in a brief period of time. This would not only be good for the party, but also for the country, which needs a strong League to combat the many crises which the nation presently faces. However, when Mian Nawaz said that Javed Hashmis strong talk was dear to him, and while he had been the president of the party retained him as one of the senior vice-presidents of the party, he should also take his advice and make the party one for the ordinary man, and not the preserve of the already powerful. While Hashmi was given a position, it seems that there was none available for such electorally strong personalities within the party as Ch Nisar Ali, Raja Nadir Pervez and Zafar Iqbal Jhagra. These personalities will require party office if they are to give to their full potential, and it is fortunate that the partys constitution is flexible enough to allow them to be given appropriate positions. Mian Shahbaz Sharifs address was also noteworthy in the offer that he made to give up his office as Punjab Chief Minister to expose the corruption of the present PPP government, and of President Asif Zardari. That shows how strongly he felt about that corruption, and taken with the speech made by the newly-elected party president, probably represents one of the key planks of the PML-N platform in the next election. Incidentally, that angle of attack is perhaps the one the PML-N feels most comfortable with, as it allows them to raise the host of issues bothering the ordinary man, such as inflation, and energy and other shortages, make sense of them and present themselves as not just an alternative, but an alternative that would make peoples lives better. If the election put Mian Nawazs face very clearly on the party as its leader in the next election, Mian Shahbazs speech put President Zardaris face as the one the party would attack in it. That did not stop President Zardari, or for that matter Prime Minister Yousaf Reza Gilani from congratulating Mian Nawaz on his election. Apparently a small gesture by them, a matter of routine, it was the first time that leaders of another party had congratulated someone else on being elected head of his party. That was a small but significant advance for democracy in the country, and a change in the politics of absolute confrontation. It represents an advance on the political culture which put a premium on rudeness and mindless confrontation, which seemed to foe the sake of confrontation, not over issues affecting the people.