After the tragic events in Rawalpindi and with the curfew lifted, judicial and administrative vows have been made to find the culprits and bring them to justice while religious clerics and councils have been implored – perhaps for the umpteenth time – to maintain solidarity and calm with every segment of society regardless of creed. The wound is still fresh as three victims are laid to rest; their funeral prayers were read at Liaquat Bagh among a bustling crowd of at least 3,000 to 3,500 attendees – the majority hailing from hardliner parties including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam. It would not be an outlandish claim to state that this time is, unfortunately, ripe for more confusion.

Amidst this chaos, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s insistence upon redirecting national attention to a case that he labeled “more important” invokes curiosity, if nothing else. Addressing the press in Islamabad on Sunday, Mr. Nisar said that the call for Musharraf to be tried for treason under Article 6 of the Constitution was the “first time in the history of Pakistan that a decision had been taken in the national interest.” Former dictator Musharraf will be tried for imposing emergency on November 3, 2007.

While the decision to try the military dictator under Article 6 is essential and crucial, it is somewhat peculiar that Mr. Nisar averted the justifiably heightened concern about the Rawalpindi skirmishes to a convenient piñata like Musharraf. Furthermore, the date delineated under which Musharraf will be tried is also somewhat arbitrary. One is compelled to ask: would it not be more apt that the general be tried for, first and foremost, defying oath to serve under civilian rule? These are the queries that ought to be addressed by our political leaders who claim to know what is “more important” for us, or else it seems as though someone is simply trying to deflect focus from pressing issues.