What a show, Imran Khan! It was entertaining, even for his supporters. But not anymore. The PTI seems to be tearing at the seams. A party that lauded itself for being so pak and pure, now mired in the dirt of its party leaders. Khan says one thing but those like Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Pervez Khattak, have their own whims and desires for glory. While PTI has handed in its resignations, Khattak and Qureshi are loath to resign. PTI MNA Siraj Muhammad Khan also wrote to the Speaker of the House, Ayaz Sadiq, and declared his resignation was not voluntary. This says something about the party: even if the resignations were unwarranted and unpleasant, should party discipline not have dictated that all of them man up and bear the consequences rather than back pedalling and complaining every chance they get? Is Khan’s charisma and bravado all for naught? On October 29, some 25 PTI members had reached the Parliament House for verifying their resignations. The PTI lawmakers insisted on en masse verification while the Speaker insisted on individual verification. Dr Arif Alvi of the PTI said that the resignations were asked to be en masse, as they were afraid that the lawmakers would take bribes and renege if the resignations were not accepted in public. This is politics by mob rule. Does Dr Alvi not realize that he’s openly admitting that his fellow party members will jump ship to the first carrot that is dangled in front of them? And is the Speaker just floating the law?

All in all, it would seem the party of a “Naya Pakistan” is no different from any other party in its manipulations and internal tantrums. Khan should be wary of the problems with his charges, before there are PTI splinters abound.