Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s speech in Parliament, and his press conference with Rehman Malik and Siraj-ul-Haq announcing another round of negotiations with the government as per the opposition jirga’s decision, displayed a visible effort by PTI to distance itself from Tahir-ul-Qadri. The violence in Islamabad has given the Parliament an upper hand, and the only way for PTI to keep the moral high ground is by disowning the incident and attribute blame to PAT workers instead of their own. Qadri, after blaming the government for attacking PTV headquarters, reiterated his support for PTI, and even pleaded the nation to send supplies ranging from Lego sets to mattresses, making a comical display of his stubbornness in the face of increasing opposition. He also demanded that the people in the FIR of the Model Town incident should be arrested and their names should be added to the ECL to prevent them from fleeing.

And while Imran Khan says that his life’s training has led him here, and is revelling in the battle of egos between himself and the government, someone needs to tell him that the country needs to move on. In fact, already has moved on. There is such a thing as political fatigue; and it is setting in. Khan’s outright refusal to engage with other members of his party, failure to approach Parliament, and the questions of the government and other opposition parties combined, is leaving him more isolated by the day.

The opposition jirga has apparently found a middle ground between the conflicting parties, and the resignation question is the only thing that stands in the way of this farce coming to an end, but that was always the case. Saad Rafique is hinting that the government will give both a face-saving concession to bring things to a close and has given three days for this to blow over, while reminding the protestors of the support the government enjoys from the SC and the Parliament for use of force. And what might that concession be? Shahbaz Sharif’s resignation? The offer of a conditional resignation of the PM if the SC blames him for suspected rigging has already been rejected. So will both parties relent to meet halfway now, where they haven’t before? The resignations of the MNAs of PTI have still not been formally accepted and put into action. Does that mean that the government is holding off on losing all hope of ending this impasse? Either way, Rehman Malik’s suggestion of the release of all PAT and PTI political workers as a goodwill gesture by the government is probably on the cards, but with no news on the updates of the talks so far, we can only hope that an end is near.