ISLAMABAD - Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan Thursday demanded of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to deploy Rangers in Karachi on polling day of NA-246 by-election in Karachi to maintain law and order situation there.

“By-election in Karachi should be held under the supervision of Rangers,” Imran Khan said while talking to reporters at his residence in Bani Gala. He also showed his no-confidence on Sindh police in this regard.

PTI chief also advised MQM and its chief Altaf Hussain that the time had come for it to decide either it wanted to stand by democracy or to run its affairs through militants wing. Unlike the past, Imran Khan in lighter tone said, “I appeal the MQM and Altaf Hussain to let the by-election be held peacefully.” He said that he would support and welcome Altaf Hussain if he would contest election from Mianwali, Imran Khan’s home constituency, or Lahore in Punjab. He said that for the first time target killing had decreased in Karachi. He made it clear that the PTI would contest the election come what may. He said that there should not be no-go areas for any political party and in case MQM wanted to contest from Lahore, his party would support it.

Ahead of the joint session of Parliament summoned on April 6 that would discuss Pakistan’ role in Yemen crisis, chairman PTI also advised the government not to join Saudi Arabia-led collation that has waged a war against rebel groups in Yemen.

He advised the government should become peacemaker instead of joining some one else war as it was done a decade ago when Pakistan was pushed into US war.

Imran Khan said that Pakistan should become a negotiator between the two Muslim countries instead of becoming a party in this crisis. In the wake of ongoing confusion that Pakistan had decided to become a coalition partner led by Saudi Arabia against rebels of Yemen, he said that the nation was waiting anxiously to know about the decision as some media reports say that Pakistan has decided to send its army to Saudi Arabia.

Replying a question whether the PTI would attend the upcoming joint session of the Parliament summoned on April 6, Imran Khan said that they would decide to attend the joint sitting with party consultations.

“There is a division among the party ranks, one side is of the view that we should go back in the assemblies soon after the formation of the judicial commission and other side wanted that PTI should return to the assemblies once after the findings of the commission would come,” he said. But PTI is a democratic party and would decide the matter in party meeting, he said.

PTI had resigned from National and provincial assemblies except Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a protest against alleged rigging in last general elections. The party has linked its return to assemblies over constitution of judicial commission for a probe on rigging allegations.

Talking about the agreed upon MoU with the government, Chairman Imran Khan said, “It is not success of PTI but of Pakistan, as future elections would be free and fair. The PTI chairman alleged that the ruling PML-N had bagged as much as seven million bogus votes and the PTI would prove it before the proposed judicial commission.

“We will appear before the commission with full preparation,” he said. About the possible challenge of proposed ordinance in a court of law, he said that the commission was being formed as a result of consensus of all parties and his party had full confidence in the sitting chief justice of Supreme Court.

He again alleged that former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice retired Khalilur Rehman Ramday were behind rigging and added because of the same reasons PTI had demanded judicial commission to probe whether there was organized rigging.

He also condemned the decision of the federal government to increase petroleum price from April 1 and said POL prices had decreased in India while increased in Pakistan.