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PTI to take protests to streets again

30 January, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI's) decision to take to streets again in protest of the alleged poll rigging from May 2013 awaits the federal government's regular or formal ‘no' to form the judicial commission to probe the alleged electoral foul play.

According to Chairman PTI Imran Khan, the government's dillydallying keeps the formation of judicial commission shrouded in uncertainty. "We are yet to receive a formal word and once we are clear that they are just playing games, we'll be back in the streets," he told a press conference on Thursday. Khan's briefing was marked with repeated statements, references and diatribes from his several press briefings and public appearances from the recent weeks. "If we land on the streets again, the government would not be able to bear the heat and they'll face the music, the real music this time, I am telling them," he warned yet again.

"We have shown utmost flexibility and have even backed off from our demand seeking Nawaz Sharif's resignation as Prime Minister. We even went to agree that Nawaz Sharif can continue as PM till judicial commission makes its findings public and that it would be acceptable to us if judicial commission declared that the May 2013 elections were mismanaged (not rigged) but the government's response is cunning, cold and unwelcoming. If a high-powered judicial commission is not formed, things would be back to square one."

Imran recently came under sharp criticism from the parents of the student victims of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar attack following his visit to the school along with his new wife Reham Khan, allegedly for staying indifferent to the plight of bereaved families and contracting marriage in the days the victims families were grieving. On the core issues of public interest like unprecedented power shortage and petrol and gas crises, Imran Khan said the PTI was to take up the issues in its Core Committee meeting . "We'll come up with a stance in a press briefing after the Core Committee meeting."

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