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ISLAMABAD: After the Supreme Court of Pakistan nullified Peshawar High Court’s (PHC) decision to restore PTI’s bat symbol, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday announced its candidates would contest elections independently after plans the former ruling party had failed to materialise.

Talking to reporters after the apex court verdict which deprived the PTI of its iconic bat electoral symbol, the PTI’s now ex-chairman PTI Gohar Ali Khan along with Ali Zafar, said that the party candidates would jump into the fray as independent candidates. “All PTI candidates will contest independently now and we will issue a list of all our candidates with their election symbols,” Gohar declared.

Besides, the party’s plan to issue tickets on the Tehreek-e-Insaf Nazriati’s (PTI-N) symbol also backfired as the latter’s chairman Akhtar Iqbal Dar backed out of a deal.

PTI loses bat symbol in major blow ahead of elections

He said that the people will decide now as who they deem fit to represent them adding all the PTI candidates will fully participate in the election on Feb 8 as independent candidates.

Gohar noted that the top court’s order issued today was “controversial” and it had “deeply disappointed” him.

Without elaborating, he added that his party would challenge the Supreme Court’s verdict.

Gohar said that the SC decision is a step forward towards disenfranchising 10 crore voters which support the PTI.

Whether we have the bat or not, the people will still vote for us […] we are a very strong party,“ Gohar added, but noted that it was the court’s duty to ensure that every person’s basic rights are guaranteed.

Barrister Ali Zafar said that the election symbol has been withdrawn but the party is there and it will fully participate in the elections.

He said that our next step is to prepare for elections and after Feb 8, the PTI would form its government by giving a humiliating defeat to all our opponents despite all hurdles.

Zafar said the party was anticipating the decision; therefore, their preparations were complete.

“We will compete the February 8 with all-out force,” he added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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zh Jan 14, 2024 06:59am
PTI leaders should boycott the general's election. Let the general, Mr. Know-all, and his Ladla run the country further to the ground.
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Omar Jan 14, 2024 10:01am
arent they already are doing that ?
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Faisal Khan Jan 14, 2024 10:06am
@zh, that is what they want
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KU Jan 14, 2024 11:15am
Its not democracy, never was and never will be. This is why our leaders and civil servants find our country the best place to live and make money, no questions asked. Shameful. Is the US and EU observing the human rights and democratic process?
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Mustafa Jan 14, 2024 12:53pm
Inside PTI - there is dictatorship... no one within the party can question IK ... IK never talks about achievements .. never answered regarding BUZDAR as CM... Bullying others was a policy .. now see where they are ending up ... Where is PERFORMANCE?
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Aslam Tanoli Jan 14, 2024 01:50pm
Sad day and years for the people of Pakistan where majority's decision isn't accepted
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Twadi pehn di Jan 14, 2024 03:02pm
@Mustafa, yes you are right, if you're a boot polishing party you are more than welcome to win.
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Johnny Walker Jan 14, 2024 03:21pm
Lot of money to be made if elected as independent.
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Khan Jan 14, 2024 06:57pm
@Mustafa , Can you tell the name of any person who contested the party elections against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Shehbaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar, Asif Zardari, Bilawal Zardari? Maryam Nawaz was elected via a party announcement.
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bananarepublic Jan 14, 2024 08:28pm
Only our politicians are to blame for this mess. If pti did not act like gods and persecuted everyone that disagreed with them they would not be in this situation today. SC could have given decision in favour of anyone simply because the law is not clear. Our politicians are living in 80s, they make ambiguous laws that can be interpreted in 100 ways. When they are elected, they spend their time out of parliament instead of fixing those stupid laws. Then they wonder why these laws are being used against them.
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