ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) yesterday said that it was mala fide intention of the local election commissioner to bar Chairman Imran Khan from addressing a rally in Jehlum. "Imran Khan and PTI have a constitutional right...to agitate the misdeeds and corruption of the public functionaries in a peaceful manners, which cannot be denied under any technicalities," PTI said in response to the other day's letter of District Election Commissioner Jehlum Khursheed Alam that asked Chairman Imran Khan not to participate in the rally ahead of by-polls scheduled to be held there.

"The subject letter has been issued with mala fide intention just to malign my client for ulterior motives and political victimisation," PTI , through its council, said in the letter that was addressed to the district election commissioner/returning officer. The letter asked the returning officer to withdraw the letter issued on August 23. PTI said its rally from Khewra to Jehlum scheduled to be held on August 24 was announced as part of its Tehrik-e-Ehtasab against the corruption much earlier than the schedule of by-elections. "Therefore, the subject letter is based on false, frivolous, misleading and misstatement of facts and information and hence should be withdrawn,” it said.

The district election commissioner had issued a letter to PTII chairman asking him not to participate in a rally in Jehlum ahead of by-polls election there in which PTI 's candidate is contesting the election.

Earlier, Imran Khan before leaving for Jehlum to participate in the rally said that Election Commission of Pakistan should have taken action when PML-N leaders had been campaigning in that constituency of district Jhelum. "I am a leader of the opposition party and had nothing to lure the voters except the ideology of the party," he had said earlier.