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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday said that if fair and free elections were held, his party would emerge victorious. Talking to an EU delegation led by Jean Lambert, Khan pointed out that 47 percent voters would be the youth out of which 37 percent would be voting for the first time, so there will be no associations with old parties. However, he expressed his concerns that elections might not be fair and free even under the caretaker government because President Asif Zardari would not appoint a neutral caretaker setup to begin with. He informed the delegation that PTI had already gone to the SC to expose the bogus voters’ list. He asked the EU delegation to help in ensuring fair and free elections as that would be the greatest service they could do for Pakistan. PTI also raised the issue of women being deprived of their vote in certain areas of the country, which was a cause of concern for the party. Khan also raised the issue of human rights, especially in the wake of 9/11. He highlighted the issue of missing persons and the abuse of human rights in Balochistan and FATA. He stated that the US was engaged in massive abuse of human rights in FATA with drone attacks. He said drone attacks were against all humanitarian laws. All this, he pointed out, was fueling extremism and militancy, and is immoral. The Pakistani government was complicit for a fistful of dollars since it has never released names of those killed, he added.