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Rawalpindi, January 15, 2024 — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan has revealed plans to file a review appeal in response to the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the ‘bat’ election symbol. Speaking to the media outside Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, Barrister Gohar emphasized the significance of the ‘bat’ symbol in upholding democracy. While expressing concern over the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on democratic principles, Barrister Gohar clarified that the PTI would not boycott the upcoming elections. He assured that PTI-backed candidates would release their lists with relevant election marks within the next three days. Despite the setback, Barrister Gohar underscored the importance of participating in the elections to protect the rights of the 25 million people affected by the withdrawal of the ‘bat’ election symbol. To challenge the Supreme Court’s decision, he announced the intention to file a review appeal. The Supreme Court’s decision on January 13 nullified the Peshawar High Court’s order, which had favored the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in opposition to allotting the ‘bat’ symbol to the PTI. Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa cited a lack of evidence of transparent elections conducted by the PTI, leading to the approval of the electoral watchdog’s appeal. In response to the decision, Barrister Gohar accepted that all PTI candidates would now participate in the elections as independents. Despite the challenges, he affirmed the PTI’s commitment to the electoral process and vowed to protect the sanctity of the vote.

With Thanks: Samaa News