With Imran Khan intensifying his efforts to initiate a movement against corruption and besiege Raiwind in his another attempt to dethrone the rulers, the timing and motives of the march have raised serious questions about the sincerity of the PTI towards its so-called campaign against corruption.

The chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is facing a troubling situation as he is being pushed into political isolation because the number of political parties opposing the march on Raiwand is growing with each passing day. And it is now clear that only one-man party of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed only would be with the PTI.

All the major political parties including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP), PTI’s ally in Khayber Pakhtunkhwa Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), and even his political cousin (Dr Tahirul Qadri of Pakistan Awami Tehreek-PAT) had opposed his march.

At this point, all political parties are focused on maximising their vote bank as they head closer to the next pools which are scheduled to take place in 2018. The opposition parties’ decision to not join the Raiwind campaign, particularly the PPP and JI, by and large stems from the possible political fallout that might emerge in result of the march which can prove more costly for PTI rather than Sharif’s party as far as next general elections are concerned.

At a time when the Indian aggression is at its peak and Pakistan is facing tough times ahead, which could only be attained through unity. At this moment, the attempt to of mass mobilisation for weakening the government may prove injurious to the interests of the country and this fact has also dampen the PTI workers’ spirits for staging the march.

The recent failures of the PTI in the consecutive by-poll elections should have been enough for Imran Khan to realise the situation and should focus to make his party’s act together for the next general election instead of going after the government without any solid reason. The mature political leaders of all opposition parties believe that such an attempt to attack someone’s private home without having any solid proof of corruption would only let down such a mover, so all the parties have distanced themselves from such a futile movement.

Imran Khan who was once enjoying a lot of public support in the recent past, has lost the trust of masses due to his actions and use of inappropriate language at public forum. Besides, the economic indicators are also showing a visible improvement in the economy of Pakistan and the people are feeling it hard to believe his mantra of corruption.

As the PTI as well as other political parties have moved the apex court for looking into the matter of the Panama leaks; it is quite unethical to bring the issue on the roads too as it would be seen as an attempt to influence the legal proceedings. And marching towards anybody’s house is also not fair.

There is a difference between accusation and evidence and so far, on many fronts, Imran Khan has failed to support his accusations with the solid evidence, as it was seen in the case of election 2013 probe by a judicial commission. He has also faced embarrassment in the courts over many defamation suits filed against him by the people who had to face his unwanted wrath.

Imran Khan’s march is not likely to win PTI any political support. The strong waning of public interest for PTI’s protest calls in the recent past reflects the inevitable that the masses neither approve nor appreciate Imran Khan’s unbridled methods of employing street power to destabilise the government to settle personal scores.

Imran Khan believes that by continuing the politics of protests and giving voice to the issues of corruption and bad governance, he can still muster the necessary support to win the next general elections. However, his current unscrupulous and vicious political maneuverings are only going to isolate his party further: his opportunistic political decisions and alliances and willingness to join hands with the military to weaken his political opposition has shredded his credibility and standing which, in a way, has been his most important political asset.

Arguably, Imran Khan is no longer interested in the resolution of Panama leaks issue, for any agreement will take away strip him from a heated “campaign agenda” in the form of a campaign to counter corruption in the country that he has been working on for quite some time. One of the reasons that Imran Khan is preferring agitation over resolution is because deep down he knows that unless a miracle happens, he is likely to lose next general elections.

For next general elections, the challenge to Sharif’s throne from opposition is weakening: the overall improved security situation in the country and a reduced power shortage in the run up to next general elections due to various power projects that are being installed as part of the China Pakistan economic Corridor project will directly benefit Sharif. Besides PTI, no other political party, including PPP, is in position to mount any serious challenge to PML-N.

The opposition, to safeguard its political constituency, in one form or the other, is likely to continue its onslaught on Sharif’s party. The government, however, will wisely keep the political temperature low, for only that policy option is enough to land Sharif’s party in Islamabad for another five years.

So the proposed Raiwind march most likely will not pose any threat to the government but it will definitely dent the PTI’s public support further and their hopes for really challenging the major political forces in the next general elections. This solo flight in pursuit of the premiership may prove a last straw for the PTI and may prove a suicidal attempt that may lead to the political demise of the cricketer-turned-politician.