Protests to get jus­tice, not for power: Im­ran

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ISLAMABAD: The Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) chief Im­ran Khan on Fri­day rub­bished ru­mours that his stageins were be­ing held to bring mar­tial law into the coun­try.

"My life­long strug­gle can­not be re­duced to bring­ing mar­tial law in the coun­try. My strug­gle is only to bring true democ­racy in the coun­try," said Im­ran.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Islamabad, he said his party had been protest­ing in the fed­eral cap­i­tal for the past 106 days to hold those re­spon­si­ble for rig­ging elec­tions, not to re­place Nawaz Sharif as the prime min­is­ter of Pak­istan.

Im­ran said elec­toral re­forms won't do any good un­til those who rigged the 2013 polls are brought to the book.

"… If we want to move ahead and cor­rect the coun­try's elec­toral process, we will have to hold those who rigged the polls, ac­count­able," he said.

The PTI chief said the Pak­istan Mus­lim League- Nawaz (PML-N) got 6.8 mil­lion votes in the 2008 elec­tions when the All Par­ties Demo­cratic Al­liance did not take part in the polls, but this num­ber dou­bled in 2013, tak­ing the vote count to 15 mil­lion.

"This was be­cause the polls were rigged on a large scale," he said.

Im­ran said if jus­tice isn't served in this re­gard, the next elec­tions won't be a pop­u­lar­ity con­test be­tween par­ties but a

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