ISLAMABAD - Levelling accusations against the local administration for stampede during its rally at Qsim Bagh Multan that killed at least seven people, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has started efforts to organise the main stages of its future rallies to avert any such incident, The Nation has learnt.

Though the Core Committee meeting of PTI that was held at the residence of its Chairman Imran Khan at Bani Gala discussed the Qasim Bagh tragedy yet no official word came from the party in this connection in its official statement.

The Core Committee also reiterated its resolve that the sit-in of PTI at the Constitution Avenue of Islamabad would continue till the government meets its demands including opening of constituencies to probe alleged rigging in the last general elections.

According to an insider, a common view within the leadership and other office bearers of the party is that all the mess in the party rallies was due to the absence of strict checking at the main stage. A large number of supporters gather at the main stage as every supporter tries to climb up the stage that creates mess and this was the basic issue during the rallies in the major cities, he added.

The core committee discussed that the main stage of the PTI's each rally should be organised and only senior leadership of the party as well as the local leadership should be allowed to come at the stage in future. The insider said that the incident of stampede at Qasim Bagh could not be discussed in detail as vice-chairman PTI Shah Mahmood Qureshi had to leave the meeting early to proceed to Multan.

The insider said that it was being expected that Imran Khan would come down hard on the leadership of the party for poorly managing the party's rally in Multan but he avoided during the meeting. "The time is not for the chairman to annoy the people within the party," he said.

Chaudhry Rizwan, an office bearer of PTI media wing, said that the core committee had decided to organise the main stage in its future rallies.

On the other hand, an official statement issued by the PTI's Central Secretariat after the Core Committee meeting says that the committee comprising citizens of Pakistan and as such today challenged the government on electricity loadshedding, overbilling and increasing prices of electricity bills and made a number of demands.

The committee argued that the government paid off the circular debt on pretext of ending loadshedding but it had increased after this payment. The meeting questioned why and how the payment of circular debt could not decrease the loadshedding? It questioned why has there been Rs 70 billion overbilling?

It said that despite raised rates the govt has done a 'dacoity' on the nation by overbilling in electricity bills to the tune of billion of rupees. The Core Committee demanded this looted money be returned to the public and those responsible be brought to justice. The meeting reminded that PTI had gone to court against the overbilling of electricity bills. Dr Shireen Mazari, while talking to reporters after the meeting, said that her party would support independent candidate in by-election in Multan. She said that Speaker National Assembly should summon all the PTI MNAs at the same time for verification of their resignations. She demanded that billions of rupees collected by the government through over billing should be returned back to the consumers.

PTI leader Shafqat Mahmood said that all party MNAs were ready to go to the Speaker NA collectively for verification of their resignations.