Another tale of government obfuscation has prompted the Chief Justice of Pakistan to remark that the court knows how to have its orders implemented. His remark came in the course of the latest hearing of the NICL case, in which former Additional DG FIA, Zafar Qureshi, investigating the case, claimed that non-cooperation by the department had prevented him from carrying out the task. The Chief Justice asked why this investigation should not be given to the National Accountability Bureau. The three-member bench, which Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heads, has issued notices to the Interior Secretary and several FIA officials, including its DG, to explain the lack of cooperation. This has been prompted by the various acts of the federal government, which has an interest in ensuring that the recent acquittal of Ch Moonis Elahi in the case is made to stick. Ch Moonis is the son of Ch Pervaiz Elahi and one reason why the PML-Q, of which Ch Pervaiz is the Punjab chief, entered an alliance with the PPP in the federal government. This government obfuscation is considered part of a pattern, the governments defiance of the Supreme Court has been noted, right from the time of the refusal to implement decisions on the various scams, such as the present, as well as the Haj scam, in which a Minister from the Prime Ministers hometown had to resign and the Prime Ministers son was interrogated also. The repeated reminders by the highest court in the land that it could have its decisions implemented point to a solution so terrible, that the court prefers not to name it clearly. It would be best if the government avoids this risk. It would also do well to remember that it represents the Executive just as the court represents the Judiciary, and just as the court takes a long view, the government should realise that, even when it no longer holds the reins of power, the Executive will remain. The Executive of that time may try to persecute its opponents, and the Judiciary will then be its main hurdle, where it tries to go beyond the law. The Executive should not create precedents for the future, or provide examples which some future Executive might misuse. Therefore the government should not try to throw hurdles in the way of the Supreme Court, or any other, and should do its best to implement its orders in their true spirit.