THE Supreme Court has belied the speculation that it had been changing course, under some compulsions, and, therefore, playing down the need for implementation of its orders relating to the NRO; and has emphatically observed that the verdict has to be obeyed. The relative silence that had, for a period of time, marked its proceedings, particularly about this shameful ordinance, led to the conclusion by conspiracy theorists that since it had a direct bearing on Mr Zardari, the court was soft-pedalling it. It somehow wanted to avoid touching a raw nerve in the higher echelons of powers. Obviously, these speculators did not take into account the preoccupation of the apex court with other cases, which must also be dealt with in routine and, if neglected, would have created another equally undesirable impression, that certain mysterious forces were at the back of its persistence on the NRO issue. To an ordinary citizen, uninitiated in legal processes but who has become politically conscious and wants fair accountability of all corrupt elements in society, irrespective of status, any time lag in punishing the guilty was frustrating. Hence, rumour mills got a field day. The proceedings of the 18th Amendment case also appeared to be lacklustre to such an uninformed mindset. But for the court, an approach that was dispassionate, and also seemed to be so, was necessary to adopt. The past week or so, however, has renewed the feeling among the public that the SC has become active again to have its verdict on the NRO implemented. The unambiguous observation of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry that the court was fully competent to intervene in case any institution of the state overstepped its jurisdiction, put to rest the confusion created by top government leaders that all institutions should function within their prescribed powers, a possible suggestion that the SC was going beyond them. The CJs remark set the tone for other notable events. Among them was the quashing of Mr Kamran Lasharis appointment as Chief Secretary Sindh, the arrests of former IB chief Brig. (retd) Imtiaz and Adnan Khwaja, removed from his new assignment of OGDCs head. The court had ordered their arrest in the context of NROs implementation. On Tuesday, it again underlined the need for quick action on NROs verdict and opening of cases in Swiss courts. The authorities should waste no time in obeying the SCs instructions to avoid the impression of confrontation between the two important pillars of the state. No other course could be allowed under a democratic order of governance.