NOTHING could better illustrate the poor state that law and order has reached in the Punjab than the brutal shooting, in broad daylight, outside Lahore's Governor's House, of a police inspector's brother-in-law and his friend, and the robbery from them of Rs 10 million in cash after they had just visited some near-by banks. More to the point than about anything else in this mysterious crime, has been the neat getaway of the criminals, who have apparently not left any trace behind them. The occurrence is reported to have disrupted traffic in the area, but the mystery remains as to whether the motive was only robbery, or whether the killings were targeted. The modus operandi resembles the latter, but the motive still seems the robbery which was committed by opening the dickey of the car. Whatever the real motive behind the crime, criminals have grown so blas about their activities that the close proximity of Governor's House provides no reason to desist. The police is so much under pressure, that when the murder of a policeman's relative occurs, the very first reaction of the police is to wonder whether it is being targeted or not. That, by the way, is one consequence of the USA's War On Terror that Pakistan is fighting; that almost all policemen who have done any policing worth the name have mortal enemies. True, sectarian militants have in the past targeted policemen, but this should not distract from the sheer failure of the police, despite the funds that have been funneled to them under the previous regime. Whether the motive was vengeance or pecuniary, the sheer centrality of the occurrence showed first that the criminals had planned the incident, and second, that the Governor's House's being there did not prevent them from carrying through their plan. The police is not given to any soul-searching, so the provincial government will have to do so itself, and ask the most obvious question. Is Governor's House itself safe any more? It must not rest until the answer is negative.