NANKANA SAHIB/ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday warned it would be made difficult for the government to function if his party did not get justice by November 30, the day it has called a mega show in Islamabad.

He expressed these views while addressing a mammoth rally in Nankana Sahib.

On the other hand, the Special Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad issued arrest warrants for PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri, Awami Muslim League (AML) head Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and other leaders of PTI and PAT.

ATC judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi issued the arrest warrants on the request of the federal capital police in cases registered against them in the Secretariat police station in connection with the attacks on Parliament and Pakistan Television (PTV) buildings.

Besides Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri and Sheikh Rasheed, the court also issued arrest warrants for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, PTI Central Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar and PAT’s Raheeq Abbasi.

Reacting to the arrest warrants for Imran Khan and other leaders, the PTI termed the move as illegal.

PTI Central Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari denied involvement of the party in the PTV or Parliament attacks and said that the anti-terrorism courts never used to issue arrest warrants for politicians. The PTI spokesperson questioned why arrest warrants had not been issued against the culprits of Model Town incident so far. “The whole nation and the party stands by Imran Khan,” she added.

Mazari said that the government should not make mistake of arresting Imran Khan. “We reject the undemocratic form of government,” she said, adding that the government wanted to frighten PTI workers but they would not get scared.

She said that dialogue with the government was not possible in this situation. She also questioned that FIR was registered against PM Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on charges of murder but why his arrest warrants were not issued.

On returning from Nankana, Imran Khan said that he can’t be scared that easy, adding that the sit-in on November 30 will take place even if he is arrested.

Addressing sit-in participants in Islamabad, Imran Khan said that no worker of the PTI was involved in the attacks on Parliament and PTV. He claimed that the ‘match’ of PTV building attack was fixed.

He alleged that the PTV building attack was an inside job, adding that he has heard the ‘good news’ that his arrest warrants have been issued in the PTV building attack case.

Imran Khan said he can’t be scared, adding that he has been in container for a long time that it is not a problem for him to stay in a prison.

Imran Khan said he won’t seek bail, asking the government to arrest him whenever they want.

Earlier at the Nankana rally, Imran Khan urged labourers, domestic servants, farmers, youngsters and people from all walks of life to gather in Islamabad in large numbers on November 30.

Thousands of peoples welcomed PTI Chairman Imran Khan on arrival at Nankana Hockey Stadium.

Imran said November 30 will be marked in the history of Pakistan as a day on which the people achieved their due rights.

Imran also said: “We want to see an independent judiciary here; a judge cannot have respect by the use of force; it is his character which earns him respect.”

He also quoted a British judge as saying that the contempt of court law should not be aimed at muzzling freedom of speech.

He vowed his party will rise to power to change the fate of the people. He said, “We will collect highest amount of taxes in the country, for then the people will be sure that the taxes paid by them will not be plundered and it will all be spent upon themselves.”

Imran Khan said there are huge reserves of gold and copper at 147 different locations all over Pakistan, where mining will be done to raise the standard of people’s living.

Imran Khan lamented that the present government registered fake FIRs against honest NADRA chief Tariq Malik and forced him to go abroad, while he himself and his party is being denied justice for more than a year. What a commoner can expect from the current rulers, he asked.

He said he would continue his sit-in until he is provided justice. “Until investigation into rigging is conducted as per our demands, we will not end sit-in,” Imran maintained.

Imran said that the PM has misunderstood the meaning of ‘Go Nawaz Go’, adding the slogan does not mean that he should go to China, Germany and now London “on extravagant tours”.

The government had agreed to five to six demands of the PTI during the initial talks, Imran said, adding that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) does not have the capability to run the country.

He said that Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar now says that PTI’s demands are illegal. He also said that the government is getting richer and the country along with its people are getting poorer by the day.

Imran further said that inclusion of spy agencies in the Judicial Commission was part of the negotiations with the government. He said that they know that the election was rigged but they are giving the government a chance to make amends in its wrongdoings.

He said that PTI knows how the government published millions of ballots in the last two days of elections and who controlled Returning Officers (ROs). He said that they know the media houses who aided the PML-N’s rigging.

He said that Nawaz Sharif would have to resign and hold a re-election if rigging is proven.

PTI chairman also accused a media group to have helped the government to cover up rigging in the elections.

Imran said that leaders of political parties agree that rigging happened and yet did not urge the PM to resign. He accused that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) also did rigging in Sindh. He said that if there was no rigging then why is the PM resisting vote re-count and investigation of the general elections 2013.

He said that the country is facing problems due to the government policies and that if no rigging was done then four constituencies should have been opened for counting in the first place. He further said that they have written proof of rigging by the government.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Imran Khan’s demands are constitutional, while asking Federal Minister of Finance Ishaq Dar whether it was not decided that every institution of the country would support the Judicial Commission of Pakistan.

On the occasion, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad urged Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif to resume talks with the PTI.

He asked the government whether or not the officials of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) were present during the negotiations that happened earlier.

Before leaving for Nankana, Imran Khan said that he has not taken U-turn on demand of resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Talking to media, Imran said that he did not take U-turn on his demand of prime minister’s resignation but just conditioned it with party sit-in.

“Nawaz Sharif can continue his PM post amid investigation by the Judicial Commission but the sit-in would continue in the meantime,” Imran said.

He said that if we abandon our sit-in amid judicial commission investigation, Nawaz Sharif would not fulfill his promise to be resigned if rigging proved in 2013 general polls.

PTI chief said that it is not violation of the Constitution or law to include the personnel of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) in a Judicial Commission to investigate vote rigging allegations.

“Basically the job of Judicial Commission is to prepare investigation report and the decision in light of the report will be taken by the Election Commission of Pakistan. The judges of the Commission will take administrative and executive inputs from representatives of ISI and MI during the investigation,” he said.

Imran Khan also claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself asked the army chief to play his role for an end to political crisis in the country.

“It was he (Sharif) who told the army chief to intervene into negotiations between PTI, PAT and the government. Nawaz Sharif later lied when he told the Parliament that General Raheel Sharif himself offered mediation...And now he is accusing me of trying to involve agencies,” said Imran Khan.