LAHORE - Warning the Election Commission of staging a massive sit-in outside its building, Imran Khan has given a two-week deadline to the chief election commissioner to reply to his letter.

Imran Khan had written a letter to the chief election commissioner, demanding legal action against the returning officers found incompetent and corrupt in 2013 general elections by the Judicial Commission. The PTI chairman also demanded the Election Commission to probe the matter of missing Form 15 and millions of ballot papers detected in the Judicial Commission report.

The Judicial Commission was formed by the government as a result of PTI’s 126-day sit-in to force the rulers to constitute a body to check alleged rigging in 2013 general elections.

Addressing the charged party activists from the roof of his Zaman Park residence, Imran Khan said, “The Election Commission should reply to my letter in two weeks otherwise I will stage a sit-in in front of the commission’s building, bigger than his Islamabad sit-in.”

The Election Commission had connived with the ruling party for stealing the 2013 elections. The incumbent chief election commissioner neither took legal action against the four provincial election commissioners and returning officers nor did he launch an inquiry into the polling irregularities identified in the Judicial Commission’s report, Khan complained.

“The youth of the party should prepare for another sit-in as I don’t see the chances of getting justice without force. We have to grab justice,” he remarked. Imran said PTI would contest the NA-122 by-election and try to have “neutral umpires” this time as the incumbent Election Commission could not be trusted. However, Imran didn’t specify the neutral umpires. “A commission which still has corrupt officials among its ranks cannot be trusted.”

Welcoming the decision, he said the Nadra chairman should be ashamed of himself after the election tribunal’s decision as Nadra could not verify the thumb impressions of 93,000 voters in NA-122 despite getting Rs 2.6 million.

Imran said, “Had PML-N agreed to open four constituencies identified by me, PTI would have not staged the longest sit-in of the country’s history. Had the ruling party listened to my demand, it would have taken the step of maligning the Pak Army.”

There were 413 election rigging petitions after the 2013 polls and 22 political parties were levelling allegations of rigging, but the PTI demanded opening of only four constituencies to ascertain the rigging practices.

Earlier, addressing the party leaders and workers after opening the party’s central secretariat, Imran said, “The election tribunal decision on NA-122 results has established the rigging practices of the ruling party. Making a transparent electoral system is a must for transforming the country into a new Pakistan. PTI wants an electoral system which guarantees victory to the real winner.”

He advised PML-N to change its style of politics and start believing in people’s power instead of buying their way to power through corrupt election authorities. PTI is imparting training to the party activists to foil rigging practices on the polling day.

“PTI provided all rigging proofs available with it to the Judicial Commission, but it announced a different decision. Despite reservations, PTI accepted the commission’s report,” he said.

Imran claimed PTI had become an institution whereas PML-N and PPP were family parties. He congratulated the party leaders and workers over the success of NA-122.