"There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place." Irving For some the winds of change have begun that could change the entire shape of Pakistans politics sooner than expected. The public meeting arranged by Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) led by Imran Khan received tremendous support from the people of Lahore, which, in turn, forced the international players, like the US and India, to closely monitor the emerging political scene in the country. Even the Indian leadership was stunned by Imrans reference to the presence of the Indian Army in IHK. They criticised him for it; indeed, it created ripples across the Indian political leadership representing the Congress and BJP. Also, he rightly asked New Delhi to withdraw the special powers that are enjoyed by its military in the disputed valley, which has so far saved it against prosecution in numerous cases of excesses committed on unarmed Kashmiri citizens. Reverting to the local scene, the political upheaval in Pakistan was triggered by a rally arranged by the PML-N against the federal government in which strong language was used against the top leadership of PPP. In response, the MQM staged a rally in Karachi to support President Asif Ali Zardari. However, unfortunate incidences erupted in certain places, in Sindh, where hooligans attacked and burned offices of the PML-N. While there was strong condemnation for these acts of vandalism across the political divide, the main focus has remained on PTIs massive public meeting. Imran Khan has surely rocked the boat of the established political players, at least for now. The PML-N seems to have become unduly nervous at the public support received by cricketer turned politician, which was obvious from the statements of its top leadership. The PAC Chairman of the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, criticised Imran for certain weaknesses, while another PML-N stalwart maintained that the PML-N and PTI were "natural political allies." Even Imran showed a bit of political immaturity when he before departing for China said that his party can form a political alliance with Mian Nawaz Sharif, in case he made a "truthful" declaration of his assets. Needless to say, the success of Imran's public meeting has two dimensions: One, it will affect local politics and political alignments, and the second and most important aspect will be determining Pakistan's priorities in its relations with the outside world. After PTIs successful rally, Imran will soon be receiving hundreds of applications from different politicians, who will be eager to climb on his bandwagon. If this trend sets in and is properly managed by the PTIs leadership, then it will be able to mount a serious political challenge to its political adversaries. Otherwise, the present euphoria may die down without being converted into real success that promises to bring change for the better in the country. Here one is reminded what Wendell Phillips wrote: "Revolutions are not made; they come." It is a lesson for Pakistani politicians who must remember that in case they do not show pragmatism and political maturity, they will endanger the democratic setup. The momentum generated may soon get out of control. Perhaps, Imran had this in mind when he challenged his political adversaries by telling them that they had only a few more months to rectify the situation. Otherwise, he would initiate a civil disobedience movement. While some politicians have dismissed this threat as political rhetoric, others who saw the passion and commitment in the throngs that went to Minar-e-Pakistan realise that in case the desire for change degenerates into anger and violence, it would result in the demise of democracy. Therefore, the responsibility to save the democratic institutions has now assumed greater significance. One hopes that all the political parties will keep in mind the history of this country and instead of indulging in political brinkmanship would try to follow a reasonable path where the will of the people is established under the Constitution. They would be doing a favour to Pakistan, if they laid before the people their programmes, instead of indulging in mudslinging and name calling. In case they indulge in confrontation, it will become extremely difficult for democracy to survive. A proposition that is in no one's interest The writer has been associated with various newspapers as editor and columnist. At present, he hosts a political programme on Pakistan Television. Email: zarnatta@hotmail.com