PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) today petitioned the Peshawar High Court (PHC) in a bid to regain the party’s iconic symbol, ‘bat’.
The PTI will be playing its election-2024 innings without the symbol unless they get reversed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decision in its intra-party polls. The ECP termed the PTI intra-party elections “unconstitutional” and revoked its claim on the electoral symbol.
PTI’s Barrister Ali Zafar and Barrister Gohar Ali Khan filed the petition in the PHC with a plea to fix the case at the earliest.
The petition said that the ECP issued its decision on a petition of an “irrelevant person” — a reference to PTI ex-member Akbar S Babar.
In the wake of PTI’s intra-party elections held on December 2, Babar moved the electoral body against the ‘irregularities’.
Following ECP’s ruling that the polls were not in line with the party constitution, the party not only had its symbol taken away, but it was also left without a chairman — as Barrister Gohar Ali Khan’s election was also declared illegal.
Imran Khan was granted bail in a cipher-related case last week by the Supreme Court but it could hardly provide a relief to the incarnated leader as he was arrested in two other cases before that and his release remains uncertain.
Moreover, since he was convicted in a corruption case (Toshakhana), he has been barred from contesting elections for a period of five years. His sentence is suspended, but isn’t overturned so far.