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PTI Seeks Court Intervention After Losing Election Symbol

PTI Seeks Court Intervention After Losing Election Symbol

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) dealt another blow to the embattled Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) by denying the party its bat symbol for the upcoming general elections. In response, the former ruling party has decided to take legal action, planning to move to the high court to challenge the ECP’s decision. Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, who also lost his chairmanship, announced this decision, characterizing the ECP’s move as a conspiracy against Imran Khan.

Expressing concerns about the perceived bias of the ECP, Gohar accused the electoral watchdog of engaging in ‘discrimination based on personalities.’ He asserted that PTI had conducted its intra-party polls in adherence to the party’s law and constitution, and they had requested the ECP to specify which law or constitutional provision had been violated.

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Gohar contended that while PTI had followed the law and constitution in conducting its intra-party polls, the ECP had not similarly monitored the intra-party elections of other political parties. According to the ex-chairman, the ECP’s move was designed to create confusion among PTI’s supporters and candidates in the lead-up to the upcoming polls.

He further mentioned that PTI had a contingency plan (Plan B) for the 2024 general elections, opposing the notion of boycotting the elections. Other leaders within Imran Khan’s party echoed these sentiments, suggesting that the ECP’s decision was aimed at sidelining the party from the election race by compelling PTI candidates to contest the elections independently. The legal challenge to the ECP’s decision marks another chapter in the ongoing political turbulence surrounding PTI as it prepares for the upcoming elections.