‘Bat’ election symbol saga: PHC to hear PTI’s petition tomorrow


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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) is set to address the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) petition challenging the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to annul their intra-party election and restoration of their electoral symbol, ‘bat’. The case is scheduled for a hearing tomorrow.

A divisional bench, comprising Justice Ijaz Anwar and Justice Arshad Ali, will preside over the proceedings at the PHC. The court has issued a cause list, indicating that PTI’s petition, marked as case number one, is under notice for tomorrow’s session.

The party seeks redress against the ECP’s ruling regarding the annulment of their intra-party election and the subsequent return of their electoral symbol. The hearing is anticipated to shed light on the legal intricacies surrounding this matter.

BACKGROUND

It is pertinent to mention here that PHC has earlier issued two verdicts, one in favour of PTI, suspending ECP’s verdict and restoring the election symbol and the second, on ECP’s review plea hearing, in favour of ECP restoring ECP’s decision.

However, the PHC single member bench deciding the second verdict had said that a divisional bench would be looking at this petition, which is why a hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, PTI has also filed a petition in Supreme Court, challenging the verdict by PHC that declared PTI’s intra-party elections invalid and withdrew ‘bat’ as election symbol.

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