Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that the decision to end the Islamabad sit-in was his own and he denied having ever received dictation from anyone in his entire life. These are very loaded statements by the chief, who needs a lesson in diplomacy and public relations. The end to any sit-ins should be a party decision, and maybe if he started taking better advice, debacles like the Peshawar “Go Imran Go” protests, and the multi-alphabet plans would not have happened. The will-he-wont-he question has been plaguing the nation since the end of his dharnas in December, and it is safe to say that everyone has taken a collective sigh of relief that there won’t be a reprisal.
Was it all worth it? Has it really damaged the PMLN? The counter-terrorism operations and the handing over of powers to the military have made the PM weaker, but they have also made him more stable, probably ensuring that he will survive till the end of the term. But Imran Khan has an itch, and he will try his best to scratch with a new plan. The “Go Imran Go” slogan has scared Khan and the PTI . He may be afraid that now he is at the receiving end. It’s always easier to give out criticism than to take it. He has come off as a confused leader, one who does not know what to say and how to say it.
He has said that his party would not return to the assemblies until the Judicial Commission announced the results in connection with the alleged rigging of the May 11 elections. It makes sense that he would still be on this page, for after such a long dhanra and living in a container for months, it must feel like it was all for naught. On the issue of rigging, he said that in the Lahore constituency alone, a quarter of the votes cast were without thumbprint impressions and proper signatures, and many bags lacked forms 15 and 16. To be brutally honest is to admits that we are still on square one with regards to rigging allegations and investigations. Did rigging occur? Probably. Will the PMLN be implicated? Probably. Will anything change to the benefit of the PTI ? Probably not. Then why not move on to another plan? Like a large-scale campaign to improve the health and education infrastructure of PKP? Or have PTI lobby to improve our corrupt and slow justice system? Or lobby for minority rights, and human rights? There is much to be done, and many, many other ways to get votes.