Ever since the May 2 famed OBL incident in Abbottabad, or perhaps from the Raymond Davis affair just before that, the cry for enquiry commissions has not stopped. It has reminded me of bad marriages wherein the husband only pays attention to the wife when she has hysterics and has a near nervous breakdown every time she wants something from him. The people and the government are in a really bad marriage by all accounts. The cry for knowing the true picture came after the Americans acted independently and swooped in and out of Abbottabad early last month. The government and the military seemed as bewildered as the common citizens. After much humming and hawing on behalf of the government (and unparalleled hysterics by the nation), the commission that was announced did not take off because the leading person named for it said he had not been consulted ahead and neither had the mandatory consultation between the leader of the opposition in Parliament taken place. So that is where the matter still stands. Little did we realise that the need for commissions after commissions will arise in such rapid succession, and that we will lose track of all the commissions that had to be appointed to get to the bottom of so many sticky situations. One such glaringly sticky situation has been the torture and subsequent death of journalist Saleem Shahzad. The community of Pakistani journalists has got together and is refusing to let the furore over the death of one of their colleagues die down. They marched together in hundreds on the Constitution Avenue in Islamabad last Wednesday, and sat down beside the Parliament House with a single point agenda of appointing an independent commission to find out who killed him. Early on Thursday morning, it appeared that they had got their way when it was announced that the Prime Minister had been woken up to be requested to sign the summary for the judicial commission to probe the killing. It became evidently clear, just a few hours later, that the new commission suffered from the same problem that the earlier one did - that there had been no consultation with the Chief Justice of Pakistan or the person appointed, and thus, remained ineffective until the writing of this column. (If ever there is a competition among nations as to which one has made not learning from its past mistakes into an art-form, the top prize will, undoubtedly, go to Pakistan). It is widely accepted that a judge of the superior court is no ordinary bureaucrat, who can be moved here or there at will and it is an established norm that the consent of the Chief Justice has to be sought before a judges appointment. As this practice was not followed in this case either, the commission will get tangled in procedural and legal impediments causing the truth to remain hidden or so hope those who stand to be exposed by this investigative exercise. They are not facing up to the fact that the human rights-civil society-media combine has decided that they are willing to pay any price that is required to stem the rot, because they are sick to death of being lied to and deceived. The case of Saleem Shahzad, for the stories he was doing, has become known worldwide and cannot be brushed under the carpet. The security agencies that are being suspected need to expose any elements within them if they were responsible for his killing, or else help in unlocking this mystery to clear their name. There is a welcome scent of accountability in the air. The all-powerful security mafia that controlled everything without any questions asked of it, does not find it possible to operate freely and unchallenged any more. The space for them to operate without accountability is rapidly shrinking. Truths, however ugly, bring solace in their wake and heal wounds and hearts, apart from bringing reforms and improvements. We need to know the truth, if only to heal. Postscript: Pakistan has a beautiful and talented soft side to it, which is, somehow, never highlighted in the world media. A group of 40 extremely talented and creative Pakistani women have gone to Boston, USA, to represent their country at the 10th World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA) World Show taking place from the middle of June. The show is titled This Glorious Earth. WAFA has 30 member countries and exceeds 150,000 in memberships. It is the global authority on floral design and aesthetics, and acts as a governing body by coordinating floral art events and standards for member countries. The management of WAFA moves every three years within the member countries. This year so far Team Pakistan has won 20 prizes in various categories of competitions in Boston. Apart from that, Pakistan was one of the five countries invited to take part in WAFA International Demonstration. The President of the Islamabad Chapter and Chairperson WAFA Pakistan, Farhana Azim, was chosen to demonstrate on behalf of the society. There is news that she really wowed the audience with her demonstration titled The treasures within, and that hers was by far the most awe-inspiring demonstration watched in spellbound silence, complete with a multimedia accompaniment of the treasures that lie within our land, our 5,000 years old civilisation as well as our vibrant culture. n The writer is a freelance columnist. Email: tallatazim@yahoo.com