‘Bat’ symbol case: PTI hopes for relief from PHC after withdrawing plea from SC – Pakistan


The Peshawar High Court (PHC) is at present listening to the PTI’s petition in opposition to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s order revoking the occasion’s ‘bat’ electoral symbol and declaring its intra-occasion polls “unconstitutional”.

The listening to is happening shortly after the occasion withdrew from the Supreme Court its attraction looking for the restoration of its electoral symbol. Speaking to the media outdoors the court docket, PTI chief Barrister Gohar mentioned that the case within the PHC was heard all day yesterday and the listening to had been adjourned until at present.

He mentioned the PHC had acknowledged that at present, seemingly earlier than 11am, an order could be issued.

“Keeping this in thoughts, the petition we had filed within the SC in opposition to the [PHC’s] interim order grew to become infructuous […] Because the decision in the primary case is anticipated at any time at present […] now we have withdrawn the plea from the SC,” Gohar mentioned.

He mentioned that the PHC would situation the ultimate verdict, saying, “We hope that the decision might be primarily based on justice and rights and that we’ll get the ‘bat’ symbol.”

On December 22, the Election Commission of Pakistan had determined in opposition to letting PTI retain its electoral symbol for the February 8 election, saying that it had failed to carry intra-occasion polls in accordance with its prevailing structure and election legal guidelines.

The PTI had approached the PHC in opposition to the ECP order on Dec 26 and a single-member bench restored the electoral symbol of the occasion until January 9.

On Dec 30, the electoral watchdog had filed a evaluate petition within the PHC, arguing that the court docket had overstepped its jurisdiction. Days later, in a serious blow for the PTI, the excessive court docket had restored the ECP order, stripping the occasion of its symbol once more. Subsequently, the PTI moved the Supreme Court in opposition to the restoration of the ECP ruling.

A day earlier, PTI counsel Barrister Ali Zafar had argued earlier than the PHC that the electoral watchdog was “solely a report keeper” and didn’t have the facility to “snatch a celebration’s electoral symbol”.

After marathon arguments superior by attorneys representing the PTI and the ECP for virtually 5 hours, the bench had adjo­u­rned the listening to until at present.

PHC’s Justice Ejaz Anwar and Justice Syed Arshad Ali presided over at present’s listening to, the place counsels of these difficult the PTI’s intra-occasion polls had been to current their arguments.

PTI’s Zafar assured the PHC that the occasion wouldn’t pursue the case earlier than the SC, after which it withdrew its petition filed earlier earlier than the apex court docket.

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