There are growing signs that the establishment is slowly distancing itself from its selected prime minister, who every day gives more evidence of being the nincompoop he is. Only the other day he was supposed to tell the nation about the secret deal with TLP, the establishment's party that was used in the past to destabilize the government of Nawaz Sharif. But the moron Imran spoke only of the good that he's supposed to have done, which is nothing to write home about. There is a strong suspicion that that this time too, the selectors brought the militants out in the streets to warn their blue-eyed boy that they can no longer support him if he doesn't do as he is told. However, this time the move backfired against the establishment when the militants refused to back down and the army chief himself appealed to a Barelvi cleric Muneebur Rahman and the three Memons for assistance. They have withdrawn from most areas but in some places they're still there, waiting for their chief to be released, while their party is no longer banned and can contest the next elections.

Religious parties have never garnered more than fifteen percent of the votes in general elections. But the perception is that most elections have been heavily rigged. If free and fair elections are allowed, extremists will take over the country (as in Egypt) and the US will then do everything in its power to have them removed.

I remember Maulana Fazlur Rehman begging the female US ambassador to get him elected or selected as Pakistan's prime minister. She tried to explain that the US does not interfere in local elections but apparently he remained convinced that it is America that decides who the next prime minister of Pakistan will be.

It now looks like the opposition will not use force to bring down Imran Khan's government. I think they know that it will collapse under its own weight. With the Election Commission also active (obviously under orders from the establishment) and the Daska bye-election rigging attempts out in the open, we should see Fawad Choudhry and Azam Swati being forced to apologize or face disqualification if they refuse to do so. Interesting times are ahead for us.