ISLAMABAD - As the talks between the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) face deadlock, the opposition party Sunday warned the ruling PML-N that it retains all options of protests including Azadi Dharna and street rallies that were earlier called off in the 'national interest'.

PTI Core Committee in a unanimous resolution asked the government to move towards agreement on the formation of an inquisitorial judicial commission to hold an independent inquiry into May 2013 electoral rigging as it could not show any more flexibility over this issue.

It also said that its conciliatory approach in the 'national interest' after terrorism attack on army-run school in Peshawar should not be taken as a sign of lack of resolve on its part to have 2013 elections investigated. The core committee however showed its resolve to continue supporting government in its fight against terrorism.

Just a day before PTI chief Imran Khan leaves for UK to spend his winter vacation there with his children, the Core Committee met at Khan’s Bani Gala residence under his chairmanship. The meeting passed two unanimous resolutions, one warning the government to form the vote probe commission and second demanding withdrawal of terrorism cases registered against party leadership.

The committee unanimously noted that PTI had gone extra mile in accommodating the government in this time of crisis so that PTI is not seen in any way impeding the national cohesion to fight terrorism. "PTI, despite its aversion to military courts in principle, supported the government in the interest of fighting terrorism effectively. And, it must be pointed out that PTI's own leadership has had terrorist charges against it!" said the statement issued by PTI Central Secretariat after the meeting.

However, this should not be taken as a sign that PTI is in any way moving away from its demand of an independent inquiry into the May 2013 electoral rigging, it said. PTI's negotiating team has shown as much possible flexibility as it could in talks with the government as has the PTI leadership which withdrew from its original demand of the PM's resignation, it added.

At present the negotiations continue to be deadlocked over three critical issues on which the government had earlier had agreed. The Core Committee said it had called off its street protest and its Azadi Chowk dharna but it retains all these options. “PTI has sacrificed tremendously in its struggle for fair and free elections and against rigging and it will in no way step back from this commitment. Let there be no doubt on this count.”

The Core Committee in its second unanimous resolution demanded that the government should remove all the 'spurious' terrorism charges against the PTI leadership and workers. It further demanded that the JIT (joint investigation team) set up to investigate the murder of PTI worker Haq Nawaz in Faisalabad should have such members as command confidence of the murdered worker's family.

Also, PTI's Core Committee wanted to know why has Rana Sanaullah, who has also been named in the FIR, not been arrested when all others nominated persons have been arrested. It demanded Rana’s immediate arrest for sake of justice. The Core Committee also expressed concern over the delaying tactics being played in JIT formation. It demanded the investigation move ahead without any further delay.