This is a uniquely Pakistani tragedy; after the Panama papers revelations no one wants to talk about a reform of taxation or banking laws to discourage evasion – the real issue – and instead are focused on pinning blame. The Model Town incident did not lead to a revised policing policy and the Kasur child pornography scandal did not lead to robust sexual offences law. The real issue gets forgotten in a haze of deflection, misdirection and political point scoring.

However, even the most cynical critics concluded that despite the political slog-fest that was the PTI-PAT Dharna, the resulting focus on electoral reform was a positive outcome. The Judicial Commission gave a damning report of the Election Day organization and a furious opposition had meticulously mapped out the inconsistencies in the ECP’s performance – there was political will, independent appraisal and technical criticism. Here was a chance to finally change an inadequate system that has given birth to controversy in almost every general election. On Tuesday the newly minted Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms finally presented its proposals on the floor of the parliament – yet they are a far cry from what the public expected.

Instead of the wide-ranging organisational reform we required, the Parliamentary Committee presented constitutional amendments relating to the appointment and selection procedure of the chief election commissioner of Pakistan and four provincial members of the commission and table the same before the National Assembly on Wednesday for legislation.

It is undeniable that a change in the selection and criteria of ECP members was necessary. Yet on its own it is merely a cosmetic and political change; meant to assuage the claims of a biased ECP but not meant to fix a broken electoral system. The rest of the reform has been separated from the bill, and according to the Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar, “will be introduced soon”.

Even if we take the Finance Minister’s words on face value and believe that extensive reform is in the pipeline, delinking the issue of ECP membership with electoral reform makes the case for the later considerably weaker. Having influence over the membership of the ECP – and thereby reducing the risk of bias against oneself – is a cause that every party will get behind, but electoral reform that changes a broken system that has worked quite well for many parliamentarians will be greeted with far less enthusiasm.

As things stand there is no timeframe given for the real reform package, nor is there pressure from the political parties to see it reach the parliament floor – the PTI and company have bigger fish to fry right now. If this does not change there is a high chance that meaningful reform will not see the light of day.