When the government could no longer stand the widespread public and opposition pressure, it wrote to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to nominate two of his colleagues; one to head a judicial commission to go into the causes of the failure of the concerned Pakistani agencies to detect the stealthy operation conducted by the US at Abbottabad on May 2; and the other to head a judicial commission to probe the brutal murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad who was abducted by unknown persons on May 29 and his dead body was found two days later. Earlier, the two commissions the government had formed on its own just did not take off, owing to the bizarre repetition of the same mistake, that their nominated heads had neither been consulted beforehand nor the consent of the Chief Justice obtained about enlisting them. Besides, the government position turned out to be even funnier as far as the proposed commission on May 2 incident was concerned, as one of its nominated members Lt-General (retd) Nadeem Ahmad, former Chairman of ERRA, was found lying in the hospital with a heart ailment. Had some concerned official taken the trouble of contacting the General, his name at least would not have been on the list of members. Justice (retd) Fakharuddin G. Ibrahim had also declined the offer to become a member on the ground that he was not consulted. The faulty procedure made it quite obvious that the government was dilly-dallying in the hope that with the so many other crises claiming attention of the people, these issues would fade away from the public memory in course of time. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry gave his formal consent on Monday to the judges suggested by the government; Justice Javed Iqbal to chair the commission on May 2 and Justice Saqib Nisar on Saleem Shahzad. The consent was accompanied by a mild admonition that the government should be doing its job; the judges were already overburdened with work. The court was also explicit in its remark that the members of the commissions should be of comparable status of their heads. Now, the most important question, apart from the counsel to enhance the scope of the commission on Saleem Shahzad to include the violation of fundamental rights, is that the investigations should be thorough and quick. The public have waited for an agonisingly long period of time only for their constitution; they want to know the real stories behind the incidents and know them without loss of much time. To meet their concerns, the court has asked the government to make these reports public. Transparency in such matters would also help the flaws in our policy to be removed and preclude their recurrence. There should be no hesitation in complying with the wish of the Supreme Court; otherwise, the government would have to face court cases, as the court has declared that in case these are not made public, the public can approach it for redress.