Talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan are delayed because there is infighting, says Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar. What pretty manners. Politely look away while the couple at the table is bickering. Only in this case, it baffles the mind why Mr Nisar doesn’t think this is a good time to disinvite them from the house, instead. Whispers and rumours about an operation being imminent seem to be the fashion of every new season. Only this time there’s not even the pretence of that. Let’s just wait it out till they calm down enough to have a rational conversation. Forget the fact that what they are probably arguing about is who hates Mr Nisar and his countrymen more.

In the ludicrous tragedy that is Pakistani politics, offence is never to be taken over murder. Unless it’s committed over a blasphemy charge. Then all bets are off and heads must roll. A hard-won reputation for being a brutal and anarchic horde earns you the respectful attention of the state instead of retribution. Bravo. Forget Machiavellian wisdom, disregard divide-and-conquer, let’s just wait for the enemy to regroup. Yes, that is the best strategy. With interior ministers like these, who needs enemies.

Meanwhile in the TTP, leadership tussles will play out in favour of the more brutal of the sparring groups. The meek will not inherit the earth. The tacit support of some of our own may be behind the rise of the Sajna group. That’s right, we still believe in the good Taliban. Even though their only good is that we foolishly think they might be kinder to us than the bad. In this case, it may be best to back the bad Taliban and hasten our own end; at least this charade where we look to the fire to provide the salve for our burns will end.

While we cry hoarse about attacks on our agencies by the media and remind friends in the media of the innumerable sacrifices paid by them in fighting the war on terror, one might be forgiven for feeling like an unapologetic hypocrite. These sacrifices are in vain and the lives lost were for naught if in the end we embrace those responsible for pulling the trigger back into the fold. Mr Nisar might not realise it, but this fight is not over. The battle is only stalled. And while he waits for the TTP to gather strength and unity, Pakistan’s cause to safeguard its sovereignty grows weaker. Not stronger.