Informing Parliament should mean answering questions and laying them to rest, but Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilanis address to the Senate raised further questions in the process of answering them. This was probably because the answers he gave were meant to protect his government from any accusation, rather than tell the Upper House freely and frankly what had actually happened. He said that a member of the Senate was still in contact with Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani-American businessman who passed on the memo which is at the centre of the Memogate scandal, but he refused to specify who it was, though his speech was covered by parliamentary privilege, and if he had named the member, he would have shifted the onus of explanations onto the member, rather than where it rests now, himself. Another troubling dimension of his speech was his disclosure that the President sought treatment abroad because his life was under threat. Coincidentally, that is the reason why MQM chief Altaf Hussain went abroad back in 1991, but it still leaves the question raised, but unanswered, of where the President, who presumably enjoys foolproof institutional security, feared for his life. It also raises the question of how much security and safety does the ordinary citizen enjoy if the President himself is in danger. There are two issues that need clarifying. First, will the President be safe on return? Also, what is the source of the threat? Is it something which threatens all citizens, or is it specific to the President? Without answers, the Prime Minister has merely enhanced the existing sense of instability and the impression of the breakdown of law and order. Perhaps of more fundamental importance is his saying that going to the Supreme Court over Memogate was a subversion of Parliament, which was also seized of the matter. Why the Prime Minister wishes to prevent any citizen approaching the courts is something that only he would know, especially when the Supreme Court not only entertained that citizen, who happened to be the PML-N chief, and whose order in the matter, to set up a commission, is being ignored by Mr Gilanis government. The Prime Minister should take the earliest opportunity of answering the various questions he has raised, provided of course he wishes to shed light on these issues, not merely to throw dust in the eyes of his anxious fellow citizens. His answers should come in Parliament, where the original confusion was created. If this confusion continues, that over the Presidents address to the joint session will recede into the background.