Following from the PAT-PTI dharna and the political drama that unfolded from the storming of Islamabad’s Red Zone under army guarantee to General Raheel Sharif’s meetings with Nawaz Sharif, many felt the Premier’s luck had run out... again. After all, why wouldn’t the army pounce on the chance to get an emboldened Nawaz out, to punish him for dignity lost during the Musharraf trial and ISI- Geo rift, and to become the engineers of the political landscape once more. Though there were many within high army ranks inclined towards the idea, the Army Chief was firm and did not interfere. Many in the country applauded the army’s great democratic character during this time, but it is safe to assume that the reasons behind the COAS's non interference were not purely noble or ideological. He had to make a choice; between the bolder but still predictable (and familiar) Nawaz versus a leader who was volatile and showing signs of being dangerously autocratic.

 With the most recent refusal of the fourth PTI MNA Siraj Khan to resign from his seat before Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, and with an increasing number of reports that the PTI top brass is uncomfortable with Khan’s draconian management of affairs, it might be time to reflect for many sane heads in a party that now forms the second largest opposition group in the country. Repeated infringements of the law and Constitution aside, it all seemed palatable for PTI leaders while Khan was heroically crafting castles in the air and speaking of a revolution. But resigning from the National Assembly presents the very real threat of slipping down a slope there is no coming back from, giving up power and isolating voters one has sworn to represent. Most of all, resigning requires unflinching faith in what their leader is saying. And refusal to resign is ultimately going to be seen as a vote of no confidence in Imran. There has remained such enormous discrepancy between what Khan promised he would achieve and the results he has so far shown, that protestors and politicians alike are right to lose hope and patience. Stuck now between a rock and a hard place, PTI MNAs have to risk being thrown out of the party for standing up for their voters and themselves. There is absolutely no room for dissent or debate, and unless the party does not undergo immediate ideological reform, become open to political compromise, and evolve with the situation at hand, Imran might have to face more music than he can bear. The saviour’s party needs a saviour, and fast.