Several years ago, Mr Zulfikar Ali Bhutto said Pakistan was not an easy country to govern. Well, under the fourth PPP government, we are all discovering the truth of that statement as they stumble from one crisis to another. A melting economy, run away inflation, internal security issues and a deteriorating law and order situation is demoralising the citizen who has lost all buoyancy he felt after the elections last winter. On top of everything else, US soldiers entered Waziristan on September 3 and killed 20 civilians. Since then, in spite of protestations from Pakistan, US predators have been firing missiles and killing people, the last attack being in South Waziristan today (Wednesday) as the US chief of joint staff is in the middle of a visit to this country. Let us hope that the government transcends wishy-washy comments and forges a determined reaction to this new development that is based on the feelings of the people. The government wishes us to believe that all these issues are beyond their control. But who stops them from investigating Ms Benazir's murder, which is completely in their control, remains a mystery. The PPP government in power, less than a year down the road seems to have forgotten her, Ms Benazir's death nowhere in their thoughts as they go about dishing out positions, perks and privileges. All they have done is send the case to the UN for investigation. A demand for the UN intervention in the murder investigation might have made sense if Musharraf was still controlling the government. With the PPP itself in-charge of the government, it makes no sense to approach the UN for a criminal investigation. Worse still, all UN actions are long, tedious, costly and, possibly, endless. The Hariri case several years after the incident is still not concluded. Also, the UN is a politicised body, under US influence, and crime investigation is not its primary function anyway. Investigation of crime is a function that a state - worth its salt - must undertake itself, especially when the murder is that of an iconic leader. Normally, the only way to investigate the case was to do it here, beginning with the site in Rawalpindi where the crime was committed. The question of destroying all evidence from the scene of occurrence remains unanswered. The site was washed down in indecent haste shortly after the murder. Who ordered it and why - no one knows. Ms Benazir's husband, Mr Asif Ali Zardari, became the president through a dextrous (albeit devious) handling of his alliance partners, including going back on solemn agreements. The PPP was lukewarm on the judges' issue from the start, except riding the bandwagon of the Lawyers' Movement before the election. Although before the election, Ms Bhutto even went to the house of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and while addressing the crowd gathered there, publicly declared that he was the legitimate chief justice and would be reinstated when her party came into power. The PPP came into power soon after this declaration and her assassination that followed, but no such thing happened. Reminded by Aitzaz Ahsan of this today, the party leadership reacts with irritation. Benazir's memory seems to have no more utility for the party than to be used as a slogan from time to time. The amazing thing is that no one in the party seems to protest. The party has been at the receiving end out in the cold and hounded for twelve long years. In power at last, they do not want to rock the boat, as an insider comments. According to him the voice of dissent in the party is muted. The line is to follow Mr Zardari whose sagacity got them a deal guaranteed by world powers that led, finally, to the ouster of Musharraf and got them the government. The party does not admit that the first stone at the ex-president was cast by CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry on March 9, 2007 who stood up to Musharraf flanked by other generals and defied them. The PPP likes to believe that they got the vote on the slogan of roti, kapra aur makan (food, clothing and shelter for all). "The judges' issue is not relevant any more," says Ms Fauzia Wahab contemptuously. There were at least seven other people with Ms Bhutto in the vehicle when Ms Bhutto was brutally killed in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007. As she (Ms Bhutto) stood out through the car roof waving to the cheering crowd seconds before she fell, it is assumed that none of them knew that she was about to be killed. At least four of those seven people were prominent members of the PPP. Mr Amin Fahim, the vice president of the party sat on her left. MNA Naheed Khan, Benazir's lifetime friend, close companion and political secretary sat on her right. Senator Safdar Abbasi, an old PPP loyalist and Naheed's husband, sat in the rear. Why are they all mum on the killing of the great leader? The writer is a former ambassador at large