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ECP overstepped its mandate in PTI polls, says Khosa

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ECP overstepped its mandate in PTI polls, says Khosa

In a recent legal battle over its traditional electoral symbol, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), led by Imran Khan, faced defeat in the Supreme Court. The court, led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa and including Justices Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Musarrat Hilali, unanimously upheld the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) plea to annul the Peshawar High Court’s order. This decision, which stripped PTI of its iconic cricket “bat” symbol just days before the upcoming February 8 general elections, sparked strong reactions from PTI leader Latif Khosa.

Khosa, described as “defiant,” expressed his discontent with both the election watchdog and the top judiciary, questioning their authority to determine the hierarchy within political parties. The loss of the symbol marked a significant setback for PTI, and Khosa’s criticism highlighted the party’s dissatisfaction with the legal proceedings.

During an interaction with journalists, Khosa — who had joined the PTI on the directives of incarcerated Imran Khan last month — said if it is accepted that there were flaws in the PTI intra-party elections then “who are they to decide”.

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