The return of Hamesh Khan to Pakistan is not the end of the story of the Bank of Punjab by any means. Nor would the production of the former President of the bank before the Supreme Court on May 26 prove the end of the story, but it should bring to an end the episode that started with his headlong flight to the USA, and the struggle to get him extradited. The National Accountability Bureau deserves congratulation on bringing him back after he fled the country after becoming the main accused in the Rs 9 billion loan scam in the bank. The Supreme Court had given his physical remand to NAB so that it could further interrogate him about the scam. However, his lawyer said he had himself surrendered in the USA, and wished to clear his name, while strenuously denying the charges against him. NAB has been forbidden to use third-degree methods while questioning him, not even then he would shed light on how the scam took place, and who else, if anyone, was his accomplice in the robbing of a bank which was owned by the Punjab government, then headed by Ch Pervez Elahi as Chief Minister. Mr Khans experience so far has shown the nation that it is not possible to get away with robbery, something it seemed was possible before. The world is no longer big enough to escape the long arm of the Pakistani law. If now those wanted by the courts flee abroad, they will find themselves extradited back to face the courts. The Swiss courts might have been tested on this obedience to Pakistani court directions if there was any movement towards the re-opening of the cases against the President, but they have been spared this by the failure of the government to obey the directions of their own Supreme Court. The lesson to all concerned should be one of obedience to law. Hamesh Khans interrogation must not exceed the limits set by the law, and those who are disobeying the law by defying the courts, including the highest in the land, should be aware that, as was said in a different context by an American President than perpetrators of corruption, as has happened in the present case, that they can run, but they cant hide. Though Mr Khan should be subject to the full rigour of the law, he should also derive any benefits it may confer. However, people must also be made aware by such examples that association with any wrongdoing will lead to the law exerting itself fully, to the extent that it has done. It is only when the whole idea of evildoing is accompanied by the fear of punishment that criminal action will be limited.