The Peshawar High Court (PHC) reserved the verdict on the PTI’s petition against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision revoking the party’s ‘bat’ electoral symbol and declaring its intra-party polls “unconstitutional”.The hearing took place shortly after the party withdrew from the Supreme Court its appeal seeking the restoration of its electoral symbol. The PTI had approached the PHC against the ECP order on Dec 26 and a single-member bench restored the electoral symbol of the party till January 9. The electoral watchdog had filed a review petition in the PHC, arguing that the court had overstepped its jurisdiction. The high court had restored the ECP order, stripping the party of its symbol again. Subsequently, the PTI moved the Supreme Court against the restoration of the ECP ruling. PTI’s counsel argued that the court had overstepped its jurisdiction.

The PHC reserved the verdict in the case and PTI withdrew its plea from the SC. Babar, the party’s estranged founding member, lamented that the PHC had not issued notices to “five important respondents”. He further said the PTI lawyers were considering the election commission a “post office” and asserted that there should be no interference in its functions. The Peshawar High Court was to issue a final verdict in the case.


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