Sadiq:     It’s really shameless, marching into politics with his head held high after repeatedly criticising this very system. But then I suppose I shouldn’t hold fiery clerics to such high standards of discretion.

Ameen:     Typical liberal hypocrisy. See, as long as Qadri was making his little speeches outside D-Chowk, you people had an entirely different narrative. I distinctly remember you asking me, “Ameen, who is he? He has no political legitimacy. He’s just a cleric.” And now, when he attempts to get that legitimacy, the same people are going to turn around and say, “Oh, look at the shameless little Maulana wanting to change the system from within.”

Sadiq:     Look, if he wants to be a politician, he can be a politician. I just hope it exposes him for the fraud he is. I feel quite awful for his poor supporters. They stood outside in the heat, the rain, the cold- just because he told them to. Just because they believed in his holiness, or his teachings or what have you. I’m saying he’s letting them down by behaving like this. He was playing a better role standing outside criticising the big political players. And I mean, even I thought the man made sense some times. He’s got a way with words. But this act is just completely transparent; capitalising on his popularity.

Ameen:     So, you’re going to hold it against him for realising he had to change the system from within to change it at all?

Sadiq:     He’s still talking about tearing down the system. He has no respect for the system, for democracy, for parliament. Isn’t that all he’s said for months?

Ameen:     He’s doing what he has to do to get justice. 17 people of his party were brutally murdered in urban Lahore, Sadiq. I mean, I kind of get it if he thinks standing on the periphery screaming criticisms isn’t getting him anywhere. He has to get his hands dirty if he is to get justice.

Sadiq:     That’s too convenient. It’s too convenient to think like that. You make it sound like he’s being forced.

Ameen:     In a way, he is.