PPP Leader Urges PTI to Join Polls Despite Losing Bat Symbol, Slams PML-N for Late Campaign

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Khursheed Shah on Tuesday said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had been waiting for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to lose its iconic bat electoral symbol before launching its election campaign, and urged the PTI to contest the polls despite the setback.

Addressing an event at the Sukkur Small Traders and Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Shah said that the PML-N had started its campaign a day after the Supreme Court upheld the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decision to declare the PTI’s intra-party polls “unconstitutional,” depriving the party of its bat symbol just weeks ahead of the February 8 polls.

He said that the PML-N was trying to take advantage of the PTI’s misfortune and create confusion among the voters. He said that the PML-N’s senior vice president Maryam Nawaz had launched a tirade at PTI founder Imran Khan and blamed him for orchestrating and carrying out May 9 violent attacks.

He said that Maryam had mocked the PTI founder over “snatching” of his electoral symbol and said that his election symbol should not be a bat but a “baton,” accusing his party of attacking military installations during May 9 protests.

Shah said that the PPP wanted a level playing field for all political parties and that the PTI should not give up on the elections over the loss of their symbol. He said that the PTI had failed to implement the law while conducting intra-party election, and that was why they were stripped of the bat symbol.

He said that it was the responsibility of the ECP and other state institutions to hold free and fair elections and that the general elections would be held on February 8 as scheduled. He said that there should be no confusion or doubt about the polls and that all the parties should accept the results if the elections were conducted transparently.

The PPP was confident of its performance and popularity and that it had launched its campaign well in advance. He said that the PPP had faced an alliance of opposition parties but their candidates were not seen anywhere. He said that the PPP had a strong manifesto and a vision for the development and prosperity of the country, he added.

According to him, the PPP had always served the people and defended the democracy and the constitution. He said that the PPP had the support of the masses and the workers and that it would emerge victorious in the elections. He appealed to the people to vote for the PPP and its symbol, the arrow, on February 8.

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