PTI stripped of 'bat' symbol again as PHC restores ECP decision

  • Single-member bench comprising Justice Ejaz Khan announces reserves verdict
Published January 3, 2024

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) restored on Wednesday a decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that had denied the 'bat' symbol to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) and termed its intra-party elections illegal.

A single-member bench comprising Justice Ejaz Khan announced the reserved verdict on an appeal filed by the electoral body challenging the court’s another single-bench ruling that had suspended the ECP decision.

On December 26, a single-bench comprising Justice Kamran Hayat Miankhel of the PHC suspended the ECP decision of revocation of the bat symbol for PTI and its intra-party elections. The ECP later filed a review petition at the PHC against the ruling.

In its review plea, the ECP requested the court to review the PTI’s intra-party elections and its decision related to the election symbol.

PTI’s intra-party elections, in which Barrister Gohar Khan was elected as chairman of the party after being nominated by PTI founder and former chairman Imran Khan, were held on December 2 on directives issued by the electoral body.

However, the polls drew sharp criticism as estranged PTI founding member Akbar S. Babar announced that he would challenge the entire process.

He alleged that the PTI had carried out a selection process aimed at throwing out party workers to give the reins to a few lawyers.

On December 22, the electoral body nullified the former ruling party’s intra-party elections, for the third time since last year, declaring the PTI ineligible for obtaining its traditional electoral symbol of ‘bat’.

In its verdict, the ECP said then, “So keeping in view the clear mandate of Elections Act 2017 - it is held that PTI has not complied with our directions rendered therein order dated 23rd November, 2023 and failed to hold intra-party election in accordance with PTI prevailing Constitution 2019 and Elections Act 2017, and Election Rules, 2017.

"Therefore, the certificate dated 4th December, 2023, and Form-65 filed by the alleged chairman, is hereby regretted and rejected accordingly.

"The provisions of Section 215 of the Election Act 2017 are hereby invoked and PTI is hereby declared ineligible to obtain the election symbol for which they have applied for.“


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Johnny Walker Jan 03, 2024 04:16pm
Ha ha ha. Boots in action.
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Aslam Tanoli Jan 03, 2024 04:25pm
Pakistan has become a joke now. What happening in the country is beyond humanity and lacks any sort of sense. As a youth better we should seek African visas
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mustafa Jan 03, 2024 04:26pm
Never Go against State ..9 May will Haunt PTI ....PML also have weak future...
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mustafa Jan 03, 2024 04:27pm
@Johnny Walker, first pit was inaction and was crossing every redline ... time to pay price....
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Parvez Jan 03, 2024 04:56pm
Proves that intimidation really works.....
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KU Jan 03, 2024 05:04pm
My land has many laws and rules, and equal number of it's interpretations, and we expect justice? The inquiry on 9 May incidents were never undertaken nor questions answered on the mysterious absence of security forces and police at sensitive places. And no explanations on thousands of cases against the leadership. Doesn't anyone find it strange that PTI officials were caught but set free after disassociating from the party in a conference. The people lose and the system wins.
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Saeed Jan 03, 2024 05:24pm
RIP democracy
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Twain pen di Jan 03, 2024 05:46pm
strange decisions by phc, first decision for pti second decision for establishment. it seems phc forgot the constitution. boots are given priority no matter if its for licking.
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New commer Jan 03, 2024 08:13pm
@mustafa, So you think this is what Islam teaches that never go against state even if they are wrong!
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Iqbal Hussain Jan 03, 2024 09:19pm
As you sow so shall you reap. Remember the 2013 darna in D chowk. When somebody behind the scenes was overthrowing the elected government by supporting and encouraging IK of PTI. At that time people were trying to make him (IK) realize this but IM was in complete denial. Now he has realized this but now the time has gone.
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Tiger Hill Jan 03, 2024 09:23pm
Direct descendants of our Army
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zh Jan 04, 2024 12:56am
@KU, Enquiry in the face of DISPR's statement is not needed. The release of turncoats is also not strange because powerful elements devised the May 9 events only to eliminate IK and PTI. All those who disassociate themselves from PTI are helping the elimination of PTI and are worthy soldiers of the establishment.
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