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PESHAWAR, May 12: The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Mr Imran Khan, has asked the federal government to establish a new election commission as he said the general elections had been rigged last year.

Mr Khan was addressing a rally of party activists at D Chowk in the federal capital Islamabad. The party organised the rally in protest against alleged rigging in the May 2013 elections in Pakistan.

The PTI chairman, Imran Khan, alleged that the election commission was involved in rigging in the general elections. “We will stage protests on every Friday till a new election commission is formed,” he added.

He said biometric system must be introduced to avoid rigging in elections.

Mr Imran said a major problem of the country was corruption nowadays, adding that billions of rupees were embezzled in the country every day. “Our party will continue protest against the corrupt system,” he said.

Thousands of people from various parts of the country came to Islamabad to participate in the rally.

The federal government and leaders of a number of political parties have criticised Imran Khan for staging the rally over allegations of rigging one year after the general elections in Pakistan.

They say the campaign of Imran Khan may prove detrimental to democracy in Pakistan, which has seen military dictators topple elected governments quite frequently since its inception.