While PTI people’s power (thrust against the drones) enters its third day, whether or not it will lead to actually taking the UAVs off our skies is uncertain. Rivals are floating arguments that to suspend the supplies only an executive order will suffice. But this isn’t as easy as it seems. Legions of PTI activists kept marching right up to the highway crossings scuffling with the drivers. What we are seeing is a strategy looking to block roads each day until nightfall when trucks pull up owing to security reasons.

The provincial government is led by PTI and will most certainly take and follow its orders but blocking national highways is the federal government’s domain. It seems we are on the verge of a duel between the provincial and the federal government. Already horns seem to have been locked, given the slanging match between PTI leaders and Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed, for instance.

Meanwhile in the middle of this befuddlement and the opinion being shaped and twisted to convenience, the people may be losing their attention from the bigger danger which is the TTP and how Mullah Fazlullah may be planning attacks during this time span. All it needs is a mass gathering entertained by a leader with the slightest bit to charisma. And the problem obviously gets worse because here we have Imran Khan who can surely wrap the masses around his little finger.

The point being overlooked is how politicians and non-state actors alike are jumping onto the PTI Drones bandwagon; some of these non-state actors verging on being defined as terrorists themselves, and who shouldn’t be on the roads in the first place masquerading as Pakistan’s saviours. The campaign is allowing Jamaat-e-Islami’s Chief Munawar Hassan to wash off the stain of his remarks over Hakimullah’s killing. As part of this pattern, several sectarian outfits are making a point that their righteous extremism holds the secret to Pakistan’s salvation. And sadly the idea is selling as we see more and more people turning up to block the roads.

No one will disagree with PTI’s contention that Pakistan will be better off without drones, but again we also need to own up to the reality that the homeland will be far worse off in offering its soil as unholy hunting ground to those who attract drones in the first place.