Following the arrest of PPP co-chairman Dr. Amin Hussain, a federal anti-corruption court in Karachi on Thursday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for PPP leaders Yousuf Raza Gilani and Makhdoom Amin Fahim. Their past has finally caught up with them. It seems that MQM has been proven wrong, as it is becoming increasingly clear that the Karachi operation is not only targeting their party.

There were calls for action across the board, and it seems it is here. The PPP can’t really complain. They supported action against the MQM, did they think their own turn would not come? While we can admit that the action should have been taken by civilian authorities, the common man is happy that untouchable leaders are being held accountable.

Dr. Hussain, a close advisor of Asif Ali Zardari was probably arrested in a graft-busting operation. Earlier last year, Gilani and Fahim were granted pre-arrest bail in a dozen other pending cases related to the Trade Development Authority (TDAP) scandal. There are another 12 new cases registered against the two PPP leaders by the FIA, bringing the tally to 24. Even if they are innocent, it is shameful that they are even associated with such scandals.

The whole ruckus has prompted the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah, to promise anarchy and war if there is any action against the PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari. A strong statement indeed from a party that says it hasn’t done anything wrong. He also said the same that we have been hearing from the MQM, that the PPP was being “victimised” in Sindh.

But, we all know who the real victims have been in Sindh. The Sindh government has been lazy and callous, and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has made sure to give the media enough sound bites echoing the incompetence of the PPP. For years on end, Pakistanis have witnessed politicians and ministers being charged for corruption but always walking away unscathed. The true test remains to be seen in the coming days. Was this dramatic arrest just a show of what action can be taken against them if they do not clean up their act… an act carried out due to a guilty conscience? Will these people of influence actually be proven guilty?