My question has nothing whatsoever to do with his famous proclamation that he would resign if the presence of Blackwater in Pakistan was proved -- which it has been, if you believe Jeremy Scahill.
No, my concern is rather more simple than that: as Interior Minister, Rehman Malik is supposed to ensure that Pakistani citizens are as safe and secure as possible. Now, I understand we are in a war, and foolproof security is simply not possible.
But the sheer number and deadliness of attacks suggests that him and his team have no clue about what they're doing. The latest attack, using both gunfire and suicide bombs, took place in Rawalpindi and killed 35 people, 17 of them children. In a mosque. While they were praying.
Moreover, when you account for his blame deflecting statements on "foreign hands" being responsible for violence in Pakistan, and his general inability to stay on message and reassure Pakistani people, you begin to wonder: what exactly is he good for?
I know accountability is a four-letter word in Pakistani political circles. But Pakistanis are suffering, and Rehman Malik needs to pay penance for that with his job.