RAWALPINDI Terming the sitting parliament as dummy, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said that time had proved that election 2008 devastated the democracy in the country. Imran Khan stated this here on Saturday while addressing the press conference at Rawalpindi Press Club after the announcement of withdrawal by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) candidate advocate Talib Hussain Quershi in favour of PTI candidate Ijaz Khan Jazi in February 24 by-elections in NA-55 constituency. JUPs central joint secretary Hamid Raza Bhatti, provincial deputy information secretary Noor Mustafa Noorani, PTIs Aamir Mehmood Kiani, Zahid Kazmi and others party leaders were also present on this occasion. Chairman PTI said that the corrupt politicians put the country back economically and held them responsible for looting the national exchequer. Imran Khan remarked that if the present government continued to govern the country like that then the people would tag former President Pervez Musharraf as hero in the days to come. He said that due to wrong policies of the present regime, the people were ready to conduct long march, however, the U-turn made by the government on judges issue, the long march had been stopped for time being. If the government did not improve its performance then the people would come out in the streets, he warned. PTI Chief made it clear that if the government tried to rig the February 24 by-election in Rawalpindi then the PTI would move the apex court. He said that all the political parties in Gilgit-Baltistan, Mansehra and Swat by-elections had levelled pre-poll and polling day rigging allegations on the government, but no action had been taken by the Election Commission to redress the grievances of the aggrieved candidates. Imran Khan demanded of the government to provide independence to Election Commission of Pakistan and said that only an independent Election Commission could hold free, fair and transparent elections to help usher in true democracy in the country. He said that the present government failed to bring the country out of deep crises while the opposition was not playing its due role in this regard. He said that the people of Pakistan were being deprived of basic needs of life by the PPP-led government. He condemned the government over increasing oil, gas and electricity prices. There is no justice, health facilities and employment opportunities for the common man, he said. He said that after winning the by-elections, the PTI would question the dual nationality of the politicians. He said that it was strange that some politicians had dual nationality and bank accounts just to save their money outside the country but taking active part in the politics.