ISLAMABAD - The craze for Imran Khan drew tens of thousands of his fans, largely youth and women, to the federal capital Islamabad on Sunday, anxious to know their leader's future course. All the participants converged at the venue of the main rally between Jinnah Avenue and D-chowk well ahead of the given time by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). There was much more discipline among the Imran Khan's  'Junoonis'  this time and size of the rally was unexpectedly bigger than the Imran Khan's rallies held so far in the federal capital.

On government's part, elaborate and sensible security arrangements were made this time while hospitals were put on alert to meet any eventuality. Overall, no untoward incident was reported as it all concluded peacefully, courtesy the agreement both PTI leadership and district administration signed in the court of law. Unlike the past rallies, the powerful Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan this time made it a point that the government would not allow Imran Khan without lawful agreement to hold his Sunday rally and it succeeded to secure the deal with PTI through Islamabad High Court.

Many believed by doing so, the ruling PML-N of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has secured political space for a potential administrative action apparently to prevent political violent incidents in case PTI or any other party challenges writ of the federal government in future.

Prime Minister Sharif and other PML-N top leaders have been praising Nisar Khan for his successful strategy in roping in Imran Khan in a judicial accord for holding future rallies peacefully in Islamabad. This move stems from the government's fear of being toppled by Imran Khan through mounting frequent political attacks in Islamabad and Punjab, the political bastion of PML-N in famous style of late Mehmood Khan Ghazni. Nisar Khan committed to such a lawful mechanism with PTI knowingly the fact that his old Aitchisonian friend, former cricketer and now politician Imran Khan would not rest until he makes it to cause colossal blow to the ruling PML-N.

On his part Imran Khan missed the opportunity to realize his objective on the night of August 30 which he along with his political cousin and PAT chairman had moved their workers to take over key institutions including parliament building and Prime Minister's House but the government foiled their bid by using massive tear gas shelling. Prime Minister Sharif and his government after surviving that attempt came up with a counter political strategy to rein in Imran Khan. Consequently, Imran Khan was pushed back to a closed street situation with no other option but to continue with his politics of rallies to keep the government under pressure.

Regardless of whether Imran Khan's demand seeking a judicial mechanism for the audit of 2013 general elections is accepted, and what would be its outcome, his struggle to marginalize Sharifs and Zardari of PPP would continue unabated.

Why that is so and how Imran Khan can benefit from his political struggle are the points that raise serious questions. Many believed that Imran Khan is deeply convinced that he has missed the opportunity to get the people rid of Sharifs and Zardari from politics.

No matter how larger rallies Imran Khan holds in the coming days, he would not be able to get the national and provincial assemblies dissolved for fresh elections. This gist of information came to light in the background discussions with PML-N and PPP leaders. They are of the consensus view that Imran Khan, after failing to force Sharif brothers, to step down in the first attempt in August is now trying for opportunity to force rulers to dissolve national and provincial assemblies to deny major political foe PML-N and PPP from gaining majority in the Senate four months from now in March, 2015.

They say Imran is upset for the fact that he knows ruling PML-N would gain majority position in the upcoming Senate elections and in the presence of PML-N with that position PTI would not be able to  make any major legislation even if gets it opportunity to secure landslide victory in the next elections.

On the other hand, the ruling PML-N is following a political strategy aimed at diluting the public sentiments and political gains made by Imran Khan since he launched his agitation on May 11 this year. The future course of Imran Khan hinges much on how he engages the government for any judicial relief on his allegations related to election rigging or electoral reforms he wants to be in place before the next elections. Imran Khan along with many of his sitting MPs in the National Assembly has already weakened his political position to pressure the government and would lose much more ground even if he in desperation resorts to exercise right to sacrifice his party's government in Khyber Puhktunkhewa by getting the provincial assembly dissolved to add fuel to his struggle to create constitutional crisis and more political unrest.

Yet, it would be very difficult for him to deny PML-N the opportunity to secure majority seats in the Upper House.