Now that Raymond Davis, the American CIA contractor who killed two Pakistani young men in the heart of Lahore, has been released, the federal and Punjab governments are engaged in a mutual blame game over the release, with each claiming that the other was responsible. The federal government said that the release was implemented by the Punjab government. This was said by no less a personage than Prime Minister Gilani, while talking to PML-N Leader in the National Assembly, Ch Nisar, when he telephoned to ask him not to protest during the Presidents upcoming speech to the joint sitting of Parliament. Meanwhile, in reaction, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that to blame the Punjab government for the implementation of a court decision, was irresponsible. He laid the blame for the release of Davis at the door of the federal government and its subordinate departments, because, he claimed, they had been responsible for persuading the heirs of Davis victims to let him go free. This exchange between the countrys main political parties is not purposeful, because Davis has left, but is revelatory. First, it should be noticed that it is taking place against the backdrop of countrywide protests, with Saturday being the third day of the expression of public outrage. These exchanges, in a bid to shift the blame off themselves, are unedifying. Neither is trying to change the tide of public opinion and claim that it was a beneficial decision, but is now content merely to try and shift the blame away. However, the exchange of accusations is also revelatory in the sense that it shows that both governments know that they bear some of the burden of the blame. The only realistic debate would thus be how much blame, to which the logical response would be that there can be no real quantification of blame. The law under which Davis was allowed to leave considers all those involved in an act as liable to the full legal consequences of that act. If that doctrine is followed, the government supervising the courts (provincial government) is as responsible as that supervising the airport (federal government) through which Davis was whisked away. General Aslam Beg has added another element by pointing a finger at the judiciary as well and rightly urged Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to reveal facts; otherwise the public would lose faith in the freeness of the judiciary. The political parties have been left flatfooted by Davis release. In their desire to curry favour with the USA, they seem to have underestimated how much the public would resent this release. Blaming the other merely begs questions both would like to avoid.