Federal Law Minister Babar Awan has announced with some fanfare that the government will file a presidential reference in the Supreme Court to revisit Z.A. Bhuttos murder case. That the measure is a patent distraction for the Benazir Bhutto assassination is quite obvious. Though there have been no further arrests in Benazirs case, periodic announcements by Interior Minister Rehman Malik that there would soon be, are a paradoxical acknowledgement of a lack of progress. Contrast that failure to the intention to take on a case which is over three decades old, and which was not revisited during the two tenures of Ms Bhutto herself. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged in 1979, both after conviction by the Lahore High Court, which tried the case, and the subsequent dismissal of his appeal by the Supreme Court, for having ordered the murder of Ahmad Reza Kasuri, with the result that his father, Nawab Muhammad Ahmad Khan, was killed. The case was registered but sealed while Bhutto was Prime Minister, but was taken up after the coup by military ruler Gen Ziaul Haq. No doubt, party supporters and a vast majority of people believe that it was Bhuttos 'judicial murder. However, revisiting the case was not a PPP campaign promise. It is more important first to fulfil its campaign promises, like the one related to Ms Bhuttos assassination, before engaging in such legal experiments. The raising of this issue at a time when the government itself realises it has made precious little of the promised progress in the Benazir case, makes it merely a red herring, and this means it is not designed to succeed. When Minister Awan said that he was hopeful that the judiciary would hear the case as swiftly as it did those of PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif thereby setting another 'historic precedent, he seemed not to be laying the ground for the failure of the case, so much as for another confrontation with the judiciary, following on from his attitude in saying 'PPP had been facing the courts for the past 40 years when asked about the contempt cases against Sindh PPP leaders. For starters, the PPP could exert itself to get General Musharraf extradited from his cushy London exile, and make him face the charges against him in the Benazir case. It is perhaps ironic that the ministers making the loudest excuses about the PPPs failure are those most closely associated with her widower, the President. However, the nation most urgently requires closure on her death. Only after that can the Nawab Muhammad Ahmad Khan case be taken up.