ISLAMABAD - Sticking to his point of massive rigging in 2013 general elections despite accepting the findings of Inquiry Commission, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said that the commission failed to probe the election rigging.

Addressing the party's National Council meeting here Sunday, Imran said that they have no doubts in mind about the massive rigging in the last general elections but unfortunately the probe commission could not trace it out. But still he claimed the PTI is the most popular political party in the country and the forces of status quo were panicked to this wind of change which had awakened and enlightened the people of Pakistan about their rights.

PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, National Organiser Jahangir Khan Tareen, Punjab Organiser Ch Mohammad Sarwar, all the four provincial heads of the party and representatives from all the districts across the country attended the meeting which discussed and worked out strategy for the upcoming Local Bodies elections in Punjab and Sindh.

Imran said the parties of status quo could not withstand the growing popularity of the party as they knew it well that the mandate of PTI was stolen in the last general elections. He claimed that the party would bounce back with overwhelming majority in the future elections. The PTI chairman disclosed that before the 2013 General Elections, the PML-N had offered them 50 per cent seats for jointly contesting elections but they had turned down the offer because they could not compromise on the ideology of the party for which they had struggled for almost two decades.

"We didn't compromise on our ideology for 19 years. How can we compromise now," Imran Khan said.

Regretting the criticism on Jehangir Khan Tareen by some senior party men without naming Hamid Khan, Imran said that he brought Jehangir Tareen and Asad Umar in the party for their good governance and par excellence performance in their respective fields.

Defending the party sit-in for 126 days, Imran said that they had staged the historic protest as they knew that their mandate was stolen and that was the reason behind their demand for the probe into 2013 General Elections by Judicial Commission, which according to him failed in its job.

He further said the sit-in had awakened the people of Pakistan and politically enlightened them, and the change in the attitude of political parties toward their workers and activists was also because of this movement.

He said that no decision in the party was made unilaterally and all decisions including the one to stage sit-in in Islamabad was made after threadbare discussion and consultation in the Central Executive Committee of the party. He rubbished the impression of military or ISI backing to the party's protest plan and sit-in adding that the decision was solely made by the party leadership after thorough discussion on the issue. Referring to Pakistan Awami Tehreek protest plan, Imran said that Allama Tahirul Qadri had decided to stage sit-in much later and rejected any nexus between the two protests. However, he admitted that they were in contact with the PAT leadership during the protest.

Giving tacit indication to some senior party leaders who were busy discussing and debating the credentials of their fellow party leaders in public, Imran said that the internal party matters should be discussed and resolved at the available party forums.