Whatever the compulsions he made the right choice and stopped the situation from getting out of control.
He did this knowing fully well the backlash from his own supporters and the derision from his political opponents.
One thing it showed was his willingness to forgo expediency and sacrifice his own credibility at the altar of issue based politics. A brave thing to do.
That’s why I call it statesmanlike. And not a U turn.
This was in complete contrast to good ole Nawaz Sharir who did not have the wisdom to back off and was willing to put the federation’s unity at stake and risking near civil war and total anarchy just to save his backside. The politics of Rana Sanaullah and mafia dons.
My peeve with Imran is that once the SC court gave the 1st November date, he should have postponed his Dharna lock down call by a week or so to give SC the opportunity to do what they did and save us all from this terrible Armageddon brinkmanship type situation.
The only question to which we will never really find the answer to, is.
“Whether the SC would have made the same decision they made on Nov 1, had the Dharna been postponed and there was no pressure on everybody, or would it have been milder, less prescriptive, and more routine?”
But, in my opinion, with the benefit of hindsight, which as the cliché goes is always 20/20 or “Monday morning Quarterbacking” as its called in North America.
IK made the right call to call it off. He made the wrong call in sticking to 2 Nov after the SC announced the 1 Nov hearing date.
I think history will judge IK right for taking the right decision.
And, again, in my opinion, be less charitable about the monkey tricks of Nawaz Sharif or Saad Rafique or Khawaja Asif or Ishaq Dar saheb.
And, finally, history will also write off the latest garbage being spewed by the newest Chief Disinformation Goebbelian Maestro on the scene, *”Mohtarma Can’t-Say-it-fast-enough Maryam Aurangzeb* Nawaz Sharif’s latest mouthpiece!