Having held a large public gathering at Lahore, where Tahir-ul-Qadri promised heaven at 50% off, the revolutionary team has come back to Islamabad where it is expected to reveal its plans for the near future. As of this moment, it appears that Mr Qadri and friends are going to defer their sit-in for the duration of the holy month of Muharram. Whether this decision has been made in light of political reasons or God cannot be claimed with absolute certainty. However, being well aware of the motivations behind all previous decisions, which carry political implications such as this one, one may conclude that a divine being has very little to do with any of it. One cannot help but sympathise with the men, women and children present at the sit-in in Islamabad. They have sat through days of unforgiving heat and heavy rain, staying true to their belief in the false messiah, who has been ruthlessly and shamelessly exploiting them for a self-serving, dubious agenda. They do mean well. And they deserve a break. Hopefully what is being rumored regarding the deferment of the sit-in will materialize by the end of the day.

Both Imran and Qadri appear confident that mid-term elections are not too far away. They are certainly campaigning for them. Where previously they had settled for staying put in Islamabad, they are now holding public gatherings across Punjab and making speeches full of what sounds awfully similar to election slogans. Or is it just a face saving exercise? The sit-ins failed in achieving the ultimate goal; that of sending Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif home. Now they could have either raised the white flag and called it a day, or adapted to changing scenarios. Are these rallies by the PTI-PAT duo a manifestation of a change in strategy employed towards achieving a definitive goal? Or are they merely exploring the surface, hoping to strike oil some place, some day? The Pakistan Peoples Party, which has been supporting the PML-N at the risk of breaking its own back, is also coming to Lahore to hold a show of its own. Does it too expect mid-term elections? Or has it been prompted by the realisation that it must start now if it is to stand a chance in the 2018 elections? In any case, Qadri’s shift in stance over participation in electoral politics cannot be ignored. Running SMS membership campaigns, asking for notes, votes and support, is not revolution-like contrary to his previous position. Has the rebel been humbled into becoming a compromising realist, or has he now only revealed what he really was all along?