The executive seems to have embarked on a course of confrontation with the judiciary, and the Secretary Establishment, who complied with the Supreme Court order and issued a notification for re-posting Hussain Asghar in the FIA, has been punished and sidelined as an OSD. It is noteworthy that Article 5 of the Constitution obliges all citizens to be subject to the rule of law and Article 190 makes all executive authorities bound to assist the judiciary. Thus, it is quite clear that the Secretary was acting according to law and in line with the counsel given by the Quaid-i-Azam to civil servants that they are servants of the state and not any individual or political party and that they must act fearlessly. Accordingly, the governments is a dangerous move that in the Pakistani context, merely appears to be an invitation for an extralegal, unconstitutional takeover. As the SC has already pronounced, these forces could not take over with impunity; for this time they would not be given the required legal cover for such actions. The Secretary Establishments fate illustrates the dilemma faced by every permanent official in the executive. If they obey their political masters, who have the power to punish them by depriving them of prized postings or reward them with undue promotions, they at times run the risk of falling foul of the law. And they might face the wrath of the Supreme Court, which has moved beyond simple dressing downs, which once used to suffice, to actually ordering the removal of officials. As a result, the federal government finds itself on a dangerous collision course with the SC. At the last Haj, the Hajis found they had not been provided proper facilities though they paid for them. The investigating officer of the Haj scandal, Hussain Asghar, had been sent on a posting from the FIA to Gilgit-Baltistan when the investigation he had conducted resulted in the resignation of Maulana Hamid Saeed Kazmi as Religious Affairs Minister and the questioning of Prime Ministers own son in the case. The government must avoid the path it is going down, and let the chips fall where they will. It is not befitting of the executive to act as a mere instrument to save individuals from facing the consequences of their actions, even if these individuals hold high offices.