Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the killers of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had been arrested, and the facts of the case would be made public. He said this while talking to the media after the inauguration of a passport office in Gujjar Khan, the hometown of British Cabinet Minister and Conservative Party Chairman Sayeeda Warsi. Yet he hedged on this commitment by saying that the report would be presented to the PPPs Central Executive Committee which would decide on whether or not to make it public. He said that there was complete information about the assassins, where they came from, the car they used, where they stayed and where the plot was hatched. As the lead minister on the case, by virtue of his portfolio, Mr Malik would have been expected to come up with better than that after three years in office. However, if the arrests have taken place, and the evidence been collected, the PPP CEC should have no difficulty in making the report public. It must be remembered that while Ms Bhuttos murder affected the PPP adversely, it was a national trauma because she had been twice PM, and was murdered in the midst of an election campaign. It must also not be forgotten that the PPP itself then campaigned on the basis of her murder, but has not shown any extraordinary progress over the case. The steps taken under this government have been forced upon it by the judiciary, such as the refusal of bail in the case to the then CCPO Rawalpindi, Saud Aziz, or the naming in the FIR as an accused and subsequent declaration as a proclaimed offender of then President Musharraf. Mr Malik exposed the reason for this end-of-term efficiency of his, by saying the government had fulfilled the promise to the masses to arrest Benazirs killers. If that is true, their names must be made public without any further delay and they must be brought before the court for trial that have to take place in public. That the case has not yet reached the trial stage despite the passage of so much time is itself an indictment of not just Mr Maliks ministry, but of his government and party, even of the murdered ex-PMs widower. To remove the charge of inaction against it, to be inevitably raised at the next election, the PPP must proceed, if arrests have been made, to swift trial. Not only will the PPP thus fulfill its election promise, but it will help the entire country achieve closure on one of its most painful recent incidents.