ISLAMABAD - Two days are left to November 30 when PTI has called for a decisive protest rally but despite the party's hype, the capital is without any buzz.

Bannigala, where the PTI chief lives, presented a gloomy look Friday evening. Unlike the run-up to past rallies, no youngsters were playing loud music on their vehicles outside the Khan's residence. Tall billboards and banners, inviting people to join the rally to bring change in the country, were also missing.

Locals, who use to throng Khan's residence in pre-rally press conferences, were also absent. Even the entrance gate of Khan's residence was deserted, which used to be jam-packed with media vehicles (DSNGs).

There were no party workers, no media teams waiting to get a glimpse of Khan, and even there were no police protocol cars. A lone big banner was hoisted at the left side of the entrance barrier, generating a hissing sound in an otherwise silent and calm atmosphere, calling people to join a barefoot walk Friday morning. It was afternoon and the event time was passed but nobody bothered to remove it.

The traffic on roads of the city was as usual and most of the roads were open and were without any containers, which was a surprise for many.
On the Constitution Avenue again, business as usual prevailed. Tinted glasses cars, transporting parliamentarians and other top-notch officials were speeding along with heavy escorts, while low ranking staffs were struggling on their bikes and small cars to reach their destinations.
There was some life in the protest camp of PTI opposite to the Parliament House but seemed rather lacklustre. PTI has been holding a permanent protest camp opposite the parliament building since August 14.

Imran Khan had called a pre-protest press conference but this time the venue was not his home but a conference hall of a local hotel.
Khan reached the venue late, as usual, and settled on the stage between his lieutenants in an over-crowded basement hall.
With a mix gathering of media persons and a large number of PTI officials, it seemed more like a political congregation than a press conference.
After August 14, Khan was the focal point of all media attention - each and every movement of Khan was broadcast live, and channels continuously flashed with breaking news bulletins: now Khan is eating, now he is walking, now he is smiling.

But after the departure of Pakistan Awami Tehreek's supporters, PTI seems to have lost media attention, either due to allegations against anchors and media men or due to the simple reason that the dharnas were becoming monotonous.

PTI officials at the conference seemed aware of the changing currents.

"We have arranged the conference here in hotel for the ease of media," Rizwan Chaudhry, a PTI media team official, said.
The PTI officials admitted Khan was losing attention fast but held government's media campaign against the cricket turned politician responsible for the change.

"No doubt, media coverage of Khan has been reduced as compared to early days and it is because of government's expensive anti-PTI campaign," said Rizwan.

Has Khan lost his media support only or public as well, this scribe posed a question to another party official.

"Not at all. Khan is still popular among masses, people rejected the bunch of lies, and donated us 12 million rupees on a single call of Khan," said Khan's close aide, Naeem Ul Haq. "The donations were in denomination of 500 to one hundred thousand; is Khan losing popularity or gaining it?" he asked.

Imran seems fully aware of the situation that his opponents have erected tall obstacles on his road to Prime Minister House.

"It is shameful," Khan burst with anger, when this scribe asked him that what is impact of allegations on his on-going campaign against the government, and dismissed the allegations as baseless propaganda.

Imran Khan and his close aides reiterated their usual position that they will continue their protest till the ouster of Nawaz government but the atmosphere of city and body language of PTI officials suggested that it will be a herculean task.