ISLAMABAD - Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan Wednesday said that his party had started protests in big cities of the country only to press the government to bring it on the negotiation table and protests would be called off only after the government’s agreement on the Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the proposed Judicial Commission (JC).

The remarks of Imran Khan perhaps prompted Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to make the statement that the government was ready to hold talks with PTI but it should withdraw its next protest calls. PTI welcomed the talks’ offer of the government. “Our doors are open for talks (with the government) but negotiations will be started from the point where these had ended,” Imran Khan said, adding the government had agreed on the formation of a judicial commission and a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) under its supervision to investigate rigging in the last elections. He said that talks had faced deadlock over the Term of Reference (ToRs) of the JC. “We will call off our protest calls (under Plan C) after the government’s agreement on the ToRs of the commission but our protest sit-in will continue in Islamabad,” he said. “How has the government behaved with us during our protest, principally we should not enter into talk with the government,” he said at the same time adding that it had already agreed that the decision of the JC would be biding for all stakeholders.

PTI Chief Imran Khan was addressing a press conference after a party joining ceremony at his residence in Bani Gala in which former defence minister as well as PPP Punjab President Rao Sikander Iqbal’s family, Rai Aslam Kharal former MNA and PML-Q president Okara and two former tehsil nazims of district Okara of Punjab announced to join PTI. The wife of late Rao Sikander Iqbal, his sons, PTI MNA Rai Hasan Nawaz and vice-chairman PTI Shah Mahmood Qureshi were accompanying Khan during the press conference.

Imran Khan said that JC would have to investigate inquisitive type of inquiry to ascertain rigging. “If PM-N did not rig election, why they are so scared...why they are hiding behind stay orders,” he said

PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, “ We want resumption of talks in good faith and unconditionally as we will not hold talks conditionally. We do not want talks under coercion but these should be started on principals,” he said.

Imran Khan said that their basic demand was launching of investigation into details of Form 14 and Form 15 of electoral process and the audit of the printing of additional ballot patters. “If investigation was launched into these three areas, you will know within a week whether elections were rigged or not,” he said “How Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) printed additional ballot papers up to 1, 25,000 for NA-122 and only 170 for its adjacent NA constituency,” he questioned.

The chairman PTI condemned the incidents of violence that had erupted in Faisalabad on December 8 during PTI’s protest there and alleged that these were planned and PML-N was behind it. “PTI workers of Faisalabad have informed me before this press conference that the person that was shown by TV cameras, firing at Haq Nawaz Shaheed was in the custody of police and I fear that the killer would be killed in police encounter,” Imran Khan recorded his apprehensions before the media. He also condemned the killing of MQM leader Bao Anwer in Sialkot.

Imran Khan lashed out at some journalists and column writers what he said that some were writing against him and saying that Imran Khan needed politic of dead bodies.

“But either they do not understand democracy or are intellectually corrupt,” he said.  “In any democracy of the world, every one had the right to protest unless law would not be taken into hands,” he said. He alleged that PML-N had planned to created violence in Faisalabad and when PTI workers retaliated, they fired bullets at them.

Imran Khan questioned that all political parties were saying loudly that 2013 General Elections were rigged but it was only PTI that was demanding investigation into the rigging. “This is why that they fear that the names of some big guns would be exposed,  as a result of this investigation and also that the next election would be held transparent,” he said. He said former ANP information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mian Iftikhar Hussain has stated that ANP accepted mandate of PTI though elections were rigged. “Why ANP is ready to accept the rigged mandate, they should demand probe,” he said adding that PTI was ready to open any constituency in KP on ANP’ demand. He alleged that former chairman Ehtesab Bureau Saifur Rehman was the front man of Sharif family and why he had signed Karachi Motorway project. Responding a question, Imran Khan said that he would accept the decision of the election tribunal in connection with opening of lection results in NA-122.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that in his other day’ meeting with Chief Election Commission, he questioned why there was variation in the figure of printing of additional ballot papers and the commission had no answer to it.

Earlier, Qureshi announced that wife of late Rao Sikander, Rai Aslam Kharal, former MNA, Malik Mohammad Akram Bhatti, former MPA and ex-tehsil nazim Renala Khurd, Okara and Rao Jamil Akhtar ex-tehsil nazim Okara had formally announced to join PTI.