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Bat Symbol Taken Away from PTI by ECP

Bat Symbol Taken Away from PTI by ECP after PTI`s intra-party elections were called unconstitutional.

Pakistan Political Shakeup: PTI Loses Electoral Symbol Over Irregularities

In a major political development, Pakistan’s Election Commission (ECP) threw a curveball at Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

Declaring their recent intra-party elections “unconstitutional,” the ECP has revoked their iconic “Bat” symbol ahead of the crucial February 8 general elections.

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This bombshell decision stems from months of scrutiny by the ECP, led by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja.

The five-member bench found PTI’s internal polls fell short of legal requirements, prompting the drastic measure of stripping them of their electoral symbol.

The ruling sends a strong message: The ECP won’t tolerate deviations from democratic processes, even within political parties. PTI’s flawed elections, in the Commission’s view, constituted a breach of constitutional norms and necessitated action.

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By emphasizing the importance of transparency and constitutional adherence, the ECP’s decision underscores the gravity of upholding democratic principles.

Issuing an official certificate for internal polls and submitting Form 65 were deemed crucial in complying with legal mandates, which PTI ultimately failed to fulfill.

This development throws PTI’s election campaign into disarray, forcing them to scramble for a new symbol with just weeks left before polling day.

The long-term implications of this decision remain to be seen, but it undoubtedly adds a layer of intrigue to the already-charged political atmosphere in Pakistan.

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Key Takeaways:

  • ECP deems PTI’s internal polls unconstitutional and revokes their electoral symbol.
  • The ruling emphasizes adherence to democratic norms and transparency within political parties.
  • PTI faces a scramble for a new symbol ahead of the critical February 8 general elections.

Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi Granted Bail in “Cipher Case” by Supreme Court

In a major legal development, the Supreme Court of Pakistan granted bail to former Prime Minister Imran Khan and PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the ongoing “cipher case.” This decision comes after their unsuccessful bail pleas at the Islamabad High Court.

Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

  • Bail Approved: The Supreme Court accepted the petitions filed by Khan and Qureshi, challenging the High Court’s verdict denying them bail.
  • Bail Conditions: Both leaders were granted bail in exchange for submitting bail bonds of Rs1 million each.
  • Innocence Remarked: Justice Minallah made a noteworthy statement, declaring Khan innocent as no crime could be established against him.
  • Hearing Highlights:
    • PTI lawyer Hamid Khan requested additional time to argue against the indictment, which was granted.
    • The FIA prosecutor emphasized that Qureshi’s bail application hadn’t been served with notice.
    • Acting Chief Justice Masood clarified that the application against the initial charge sheet became irrelevant with the new one. He advised any objections to be raised in the High Court.

This latest development marks a significant turn in the “cipher case” and is likely to have considerable political ramifications. Stay tuned for further updates and analysis of this evolving legal story.

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