As I write this, emotions are running high in Pakistan. Sheikh Rasheed managed to steal past the police stationed at his Lal Haveli and reached Committee chowk on a bike. Once there, he climbed up a van and made a speech. As he did, profile pictures on Facebook were changed by those impressed by his actions. Sheikh Rasheed is a non-nobody again.

Salman Ahmed who seems to be perpetually fixated in the glory days of a very old past, was arrested outside of Imran Khan’s house. Once thrown inside the police van, he escaped because, as he puts it himself, the door wasn’t locked. Such a comedy is what we live to see.

The government has imposed section-144 on the capital for 2 months whereby no public gatherings can be held. Stretching the powers that the said imposition brings, the police raided a youth convention last night and arrested PTI workers. Strangely enough, they didn’t arrest Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Asad Umer who were part of the same group. Neither the police, nor the government representatives can justify why either of the above took place. As for the former, the youth were not gathered on a public road but were inside a marquee hall which have been a place of gathering for many various occasions. Hence, there is no justification for the government to have arrested the youth. As for the latter, the big fish, it seems, will face the government writ later.

Ayaz Amir, one of the most prolific columnists in the country, in his article today basically invited the army to intervene. Imran Khan endorsed the column by retweeting it and terming it ‘interesting’. Khan has already spoken about the ‘third power’ in some other press conferences. The man seems to be obsessed with the third force of the third umpire and the third power. Too bad the realisation of his obsession comes at the expense of democracy, a system that’s still infantile and fragile. If there was ever a lesson given by history, it was this: democracy is pretty much the only way to govern a country. Some lessons of history however are easily forgotten. Some people refuse to learn.

In an earlier column, Khan’s motivation to what he does has already been appreciated. The man speaks against what is an obvious blotch on our society. From the extravagance of corruption, to obtuse red-tapism, nepotism, and an overall failure of prioritising. This is something we all recognise. However, the way out of this cannot and must not be anarchy. Anarchy leads to chaos. Chaos would lead to many shades of national destruction.

Ayaz Amir, in the aforementioned column, asks what other options is the Kaptaan left with? The answer is fairly simple: a revamping of the system. The problem, it can be argued, is not the Sharefs and the Bhuttos but the system itself that allows them to return and exploit and plunder. However, as has been seen with the examples of Iraq and Libya, destroying the system and hence creating a vacuum does not lead to enlightenment of any sorts. The way out has to be to reform the system from within. The Kaptaan needs not to act like Trump (or maybe it’s the other way round) and criticise every system that reaches a conclusion that displeases him. Court decisions for example are not an end on their own. The right of appeal is given to every party who loses the case. If the proceedings have not been transparent, the Kaptaan can appeal and expose the system for its faults and loopholes. That’s pretty much the only way to go.

But, the Kaptaan is a stubborn person and almost childlike in his insistence. His answer to all of Pakistan woes is the cancelling of the premiership of Nawaz Shareef. If only things were as simple. Kaptaan’s own party breeds into and within the problems he wants to eliminate. He joins shoulders with some of the most elitist, most corrupt of the political breed of Pakistanis. His arguments seem hypocritical if not outright absurd. Riding onto the momentum of his charisma, he plans to choke the capital. In his video message, he’s admitted that there will be inconvenience but, he argues, it is worth it. Strange, he decides what the people of Pakistan, especially Islamabad, should deem worth the inconvenience they are to face.

The next few days will be the sad and funny affair that is the trademark of Pakistani politics. Nothing will come out from the useless choking of the capital. The PM will complete his term and, due to pressure, and indeed rightly so, will appear in front of the commission set by the Chief Justice for inquiry into Panama Papers. The great Raheel Sharif will not intervene, nor will he allow anyone to do so. Imran Khan will return back to his Bani gala residence till the time of the next container circus.