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PTI Wins Back its Bat Symbol After PHC Overturns ECP Verdict

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has regained its bat symbol for the upcoming general elections on February 8, after the Peshawar High Court (PHC) suspended the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to annul the party’s intra-party elections and revoke its election symbol.

The PHC announced its verdict on Wednesday, accepting the PTI’s appeal and declaring the ECP’s order of December 22 as null and void. The court said that the PTI could use the bat symbol till another bench reaches a final decision after the winter vacations.

The PTI had challenged the ECP’s order in the PHC, arguing that it was unfair and discriminatory to deprive the party of its symbol without proper consideration of facts and evidence. The party also claimed that its intra-party elections were held in accordance with the law and the party constitution, and that the ECP had no jurisdiction to interfere in the internal affairs of the party.

The ECP had issued the order on December 22, following a petition filed by a disgruntled PTI member, Yousaf Ali, who alleged that the party’s intra-party elections were rigged and manipulated. The ECP had agreed with the petitioner and declared the PTI’s intra-party elections as null and void, and consequently withdrawn the party’s bat symbol.

The ECP had also communicated the list of election symbols for various political parties to the returning officers, outlining the symbols assigned to 145 parties, excluding the PTI and its bat symbol. The list included the lion symbol for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the arrow symbol for the Pakistan Peoples’ Party parliamentarian (PPPP), the eagle symbol for Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), and the batsman symbol for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-Nazriati (PTI-N).

The PTI had also filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the PHC’s decision, seeking to secure the bat symbol for the party. However, the party withdrew its appeal on Wednesday, expressing confidence that the PHC would rule in its favour. The Supreme Court disposed of the case after the PTI’s lawyer and leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan informed the court that the main appeal was fixed before the PHC.

The PTI’s founder and former prime minister Imran Khan welcomed the PHC’s verdict and thanked the party’s legal team for their efforts. He said that the bat symbol was a symbol of change and justice, and that the party would continue to fight for the rights of the people. He also urged the party workers and supporters to prepare for the elections and ensure a massive victory for the PTI.

The PTI’s bat symbol is one of the most popular and recognizable symbols in the country, and has been associated with the party since its inception in 1996. The party has used the symbol in several elections, including the 2018 general elections, in which it emerged as the largest party in the National Assembly and formed the federal government.

The PTI’s bat symbol is also a source of inspiration and motivation for the party’s supporters, who often chant slogans such as “Ai Ai PTI” and “Tabdeeli Aayi Re” while waving the bat flags and banners. The party’s supporters also use the bat emoji and hashtag on social media platforms to express their support and solidarity with the party and its leadership.

The PTI’s bat symbol is expected to boost the party’s morale and performance in the upcoming elections, as the party faces a tough competition from the rival parties, especially the PML-N and the PPPP. The PTI has also faced several challenges and controversies during its tenure, such as the economic crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, the inflation, the accountability drive, the foreign policy issues, and the internal rifts and defections.

The PTI has claimed that it has delivered on its promises and implemented several reforms and initiatives to improve the governance, economy, health, education, environment, and security of the country. The party has also highlighted its achievements and projects, such as the Ehsaas program, the Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme, the Kamyab Jawan program, the Billion Tree Tsunami, the Sehat Sahulat Card, the Kartarpur Corridor, and the peace process in Afghanistan.

The PTI has also accused the opposition parties of being corrupt, incompetent, and anti-national, and of trying to derail the democratic system and the accountability process. The party has also alleged that the opposition parties are in collusion with the establishment, the judiciary, and the foreign powers, and are working against the interests and sovereignty of the country.

The upcoming elections are expected to be a close and decisive contest between the PTI and the rival parties, and will determine the future direction and fate of the country. The PTI hopes to retain its power and mandate, while the opposition parties hope to oust the PTI and form a new government.

The PTI’s bat symbol is likely to play a key role in the elections, as it represents the party’s identity, ideology, and vision. The party’s supporters and voters will rally behind the bat symbol, hoping for a change and a better Pakistan.

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