Changing winds?

IS there a lull in the storm raging around Islamabad?

With the stand-off between the PTI and the state going from tense to outright hostile over the past fortnight, few would have expected Imran Khan to budge an inch - especially not with public opinion seemingly in his favour. Yet the former prime minister might be reconsidering some of his positions in his fight against the state.

On Tuesday, Mr Khan told a group of journalists that he does not see a problem in Shehbaz Sharif's government appointing the next army chief. He even seemed okay with the idea of the appointment being made without any input from his party. 'They can appoint whoever they want,' he said - a surprising remark considering that just days ago, he had been railing about 'thieves and looters' being given the power to make that decision.

He also avoided sharing his thoughts about the FIR finally filed by the Punjab Police following the failed bid to assassinate him; it doesn't name any of the three people he had originally nominated. Instead, he said that his lawyers would be providing his stance on the matter.

After the vehemence with which he had attacked the state and government after the incident, this seemed like an unusual retreat.

Editorial: Chief concern

Meanwhile, things were moving elsewhere too. The prime minister formally wrote to the chief justice to form a judicial commission to probe the attempted assassination of his predecessor. Mr Khan had earlier expressed his openness to Mr Sharif's offer to involve the Supreme Court, and this may just help cool the increasingly febrile political...

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