Sindh Police Chiefs plain confession before Supreme Court of Pakistan led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry that 40 percent of appointments in the police force have been made on political grounds explains its persistent failure to maintain law and order. It is now hoped that reforms will be introduced quickly to depoliticise the police force. In fact, there is no doubt that political interference has become a major hurdle stopping upright police officials from performing their duty of bringing criminals to book. The Supreme Court was informed the other day by intelligence agencies that the current killings are being perpetrated by political parties based in the city. So under circumstances of the sort how can the police function when it is already politicised? The court promptly ordered the police chief to take action against the culprits without any discrimination. In circumstances an impartial police force consisting of conscientious officers should be deployed all around Karachi. Also the Chief Justice remarked that atom bombs were no guarantee to keep the nation united but the secret of economic progress lay in supremacy of rule of law and democratic government. Indeed, the apex court is the only ray of hope in a scenario where corruption is eating into the vitals of every institution. This is despite the fact that judicial system has only recently gained its independence from the executive bidding farewell to the law of necessity for good. However, while the benchs performance is up to the mark, the bar definitely is lagging far behind. On Friday a 70 member delegation of Indian jurists arrived in Lahore at an invitation from Supreme Court Bar Association President Asma Jehangir to attend a three day international conference. Inviting this big a delegation and that too from India, which has occupied Kashmir and continues to fish in our troubled waters doesnt really make sense. If the bar and bench are two sides of the same coin as stated by SCBAs President, then it had better gird up its loins.