Bye-election to the elected houses in Pakistan hardly make to the front pages, but not this one to NA-246 in Karachi. It is the Muttahida Qaumi Movement's ideological anchorage as it houses the party's headquarters, and outcome of the bye-poll was being touted, rightly, consequential to the very survival of the party as a contender to its oft-quoted claim 'Karachi is mine'. Somehow it fell to the lot of Tehreek-e-Insaf to challenge this claim, and the bye-election on NA-246 was taken up as a mission by the Kaptan's squad. Given the fact that voter turnout in the said constituency was never equal to the national average, the PTI pledged to expel the registered voters' perceived fear that keeps them away from the polling booths. This will not happen again, party chief Imran Khan pledged, and entered the electoral arena to usher in this 'tubdeli' (change). But as the luck would have it, or was it the voters' decision, the 'tubdeli' returned from the gates of Karachi. The PTI candidate, Imran Ismail, could get even one-fourth of the votes polled for MQM's Kanwar Naveed Jamil that was too distant a goal for it even if the PTI had forced withdrawal of its otherwise coalition partner, Jamaat-e-Islami. But that said it must be stated that with the kind of security made certain on the day of election to NA-246 the voter turnout should have been higher than what it was in 2013 general elections, even when conceded that bye-polls rarely acquire criticality of a game-changer - though this at NA-246 was. In the wake of emerging challenges to the very existence of the Muttahida as a viable political option in the national context, the bye-election to this constituency had acquired a make-or-break importance. No doubt then this electoral victory tends to raise the morale of the MQM rank and file, and its role as a stakeholder in Pakistan's democratic future remains unchallenged.