People who accept public office have to abide by stricter code of ethics than that by which the normal citizens are judged. Elected public officials have to be more circumspect, discreet and stringent about rules. They do not have the luxury to be seen in public violation of laws or norms, no matter how trivial. A stricter code of ethics governs the ruling elite than the one that governs the masses. In most civilized nations, this is the price that people in power are supposed to pay. Those who seek public offices either through election or nomination are always open to public scrutiny. -SHAHZAD K., Sialkot, via e-mail, November 24.