PEC verdict on PTI election symbol tantamount to attack on ECP: Shehbaz Sharif

KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League (N) President Shehbaz Sharif has stated that the Election Commission, in its decision on the intra-party elections of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), based its judgment on facts.

It should be kept in mind that in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there are candidates participating in the elections who, in one way or another, have a respectable relationship with a respected judge.
Former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has arrived in Karachi for a two-day visit, where he has met party leaders and engaged in discussions during the session.

During the discussion at the session, he welcomed everyone to the party, expressing that the PML-N would move forward with everyone in the journey of progress and prosperity. He also commended Bashir Memon and his team, noting that a significant number of friends from Sindh have joined the PML-N, and the Muslim League is once again becoming a good and powerful party.

Regarding the decision of the Peshawar High Court, Shehbaz Sharif remarked that the Election Commission had made a decision based on its powers concerning the intra-party elections of PTI, but a decision has been made by the Peshawar High Court regarding the party symbol. I want to discuss this; how can the High Court of one province decide the matter of the entire country?

He stated, “This should remain in our minds that in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there are candidates participating in the elections who, in one way or another, have a respectable relationship with a judge. The demand for justice was that the judge, due to his honorable relationship, should have recused himself from the bench, and such judges should have been appointed who did not have any relationship with any candidate.”

He said, “The decision of the Peshawar High Court is tantamount to an attack on the powers of the Election Commission. The entire nation expects justice from the courts. The balance of justice is leaning towards one side. The economy was ruined by entrusting it to a ladla (favorite).”

He added, “We saved the country from default through 18 months of day and night hard work. If Pakistan defaulted, the situation would have been extremely terrifying. Allah Almighty saved the dignity of the coalition government and the state. The country suffered losses for four years, and relations with friendly countries were damaged.”

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It is worth noting that in recent days, the Election Commission had revoked the election symbol of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) due to non-compliance with the party’s constitution. However, on December 26, the Peshawar High Court issued a stay order on the Election Commission’s decision to declare PTI’s intra-party elections null and void and to take back the party symbol. Justice Kamran Hayat Khan of the Peshawar High Court conducted the hearing on the application of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

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