After the letter to the Supreme Court by the six Islamabad High Court judges alleging threats by the intelligence agencies, the plot has thickened. Now judges of the Supreme Court and the Lahore High Court have received threatening letters in envelopes purportedly containing toxic anthrax powder (I won't be surprised if it turns out to be baby powder).

There are many ways to look at this. I think it's obvious that the anthrax-laced letters were sent by Imran Khan's activists to goad the Supreme Court to take suo moto action. The retired judge named to head the Commission to investigate (Tasaddaq Hussain Jilani) was also threatened, so he chose to recuse himself and the Supreme Court was forced to take suo moto action. These are typical antics by supporters of Imran Khan, and I won't be surprised if fingerprints of PTI activists are found on the envelopes (assuming they didn't wipe off the fingerprints before sending the letters).

I may be wrong, and it is possible that someone in the Establishment chose this method to distract public attention and to prolong the case. But I doubt if anyone in the government would do it, particularly when it is on the defensive.

It should be interesting to wait and see how the apex court deals with this sensitive issue.