There looks to be another twist in the ongoing saga of PTI resignations from the National Assembly. 11 party legislators have now filed a plea in the Islamabad High Court against their own resignations being accepted in the case. Chief Justice Athar Minallah was already hearing the grievance of PTI leaders on the government not accepting the PTI exodus from parliament. The group of lawmakers who had their resignations accepted have now filed a complaint on the basis of their strategy to resign en-masse being thwarted through a partial acceptance.

The argument is that for PTI it was all or nothing. The plea more or less states pretty openly that the resignations were a pressure tactic to make the government hold early elections. And now that the strategy has not worked, it is unfair for the 11 lawmakers to have their resignations accepted.

The comments made by the CJ during the hearing, however, indicate that the court is looking to respect the parliament where their parliamentarians themselves are not. For six months, PTI lawmakers have not fulfilled their duties to the parliament, while their salaries are being earned, regardless of whether or not they step foot in the assembly.

But this about-turn is still positive if it manages to bring some normalcy back to the political atmosphere. The resignations did not achieve the stated ambition of getting the allied government sent home. PTI’s absence from parliament has meant that the only political tool it currently possesses is to take to the streets. If its legislators were to reenter the lower house of parliament, there would be some minor hope for some discussion and debate on important legislative motions. The National Assembly would have a viable opposition once more as well. So far the PTI legal team maintains that it has not made a decision on a possible return to parliament. It is hoped, however, that the proceedings in the case make them reconsider.