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Peshawar High Court Grants PTI Permission to Use Bat Symbol in Upcoming Elections

The Peshawar High Court has granted permission to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to participate in the upcoming February elections using its bat symbol. A two-judge bench, including Justice Arshad Ali and Justice Ijaz Anwar, made this decision after hearing the PTI’s appeal against the Election Commission’s withdrawal of the symbol and annulment of its intra-party elections.

The PHC declared the Election Commission’s decision of December 22 null and void, accepting the PTI’s appeal. During the hearing, Justice Ali questioned the withdrawal of the party symbol under a sub-section of Section 215 of the Elections Act 2009, emphasizing that intra-party elections were conducted under the Elections Act 2008.

PTI leader Senator Ali Zafar, after the decision, expressed confidence that the party could now win the elections. He stated that the Election Commission had become their opponent, and if the bat symbol wasn’t added to the ECP’s website in 15 minutes, it would be considered contempt of court.

On December 22, the Election Commission had declared the PTI’s intra-party elections “unconstitutional” and revoked the bat symbol. This ruling highlighted the ECP’s commitment to democratic processes within political parties. The PTI, if necessary, is prepared to move court again to ensure the implementation of the verdict.

The Supreme Court had disposed of PTI’s appeal for the bat symbol as withdrawn, and PTI founder Imran Khan’s nomination papers were rejected for constituency NA-122 on moral and other grounds. PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan mentioned a ‘Plan B’ if the bat symbol dispute persists, expressing optimism about a favorable court decision paving the way for timely ticket distribution to PTI candidates.

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