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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was not involved in the arrest of ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Khan said neither the government ordered his arrest, and he would ask the police to withdraw case against Mian Iftikhar.

“I have great respect for Mian Iftikhar, a brave man,” he said. “No Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government interference in policing. Police will have to act according to the law.”

He took exception to the criticism of Asif Ali Zardari in detention Mian Iftihar. “We’ve seen what he (Zardari) has done to Zulfiqar Mriza” he said.

Khan asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to order an investigation into allegations of manipulation of elections of local government within a month. But the PTI chief said that such a claim is hoped that such a massive election, contested by more than 81, 000 people.

Rejected impression that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had failed in maintaining law and order during the voting, saying that all the provincial administration was available to ECP.

“I called Chief Minister Pervez Khattak many times, but he could also do nothing, as it was the work of ECP.”

Despite coming to power five or six times, PML-N and PPP ever local elections were held, he said. “This is the change we always talk about. We have transferred power to the village level. This is real democracy.