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PML-N was waiting for PTI to lose its ‘bat’ before starting its innings: PPP leader

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  • PPP leader asks PTI to participate in election even sans bat.
  • Khursheed Shah says ECP responsible for holding transparent polls.
  • He says all parties to accept results if elections held transparent.

SUKKUR: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Khursheed Shah on Tuesday said 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 beginning its political innings, Geo News reported.

He was apparently referring to the PML-N launching its election 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.

PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz kicked off her party’s election campaign on Monday with a public rally in Okara. 

Addressing the rally, Maryam launched a tirade at PTI founder Imran Khan and blamed him for orchestrating and carrying out May 9 violent attacks. 

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

In a statement, Shah said they wanted a level playing field for all political parties. The PPP stalwart said he believed that the PTI should participate in the election despite being deprived of their electoral symbol.

“The PTI did not implement the law while conducting intra-party election, therefore, they were stripped of the bat symbol,” he said.

He said it was the responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and other state institutions to hold free and fair elections. The general elections would be held on February 8 and there should be no confusion about it, he added.

The PPP leader said all the parties would accept the results if elections were conducted transparently.

He said an alliance was made against the PPP but their candidates were not seen anywhere. 

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No “major breakthrough” in the opposition-led JUI-F and PTI meeting

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Maulana Fazalur Rehman stated that mending rifts in relationships and getting rid of resentment in an interview with the media in Islamabad with a team from the Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Ayeen-e-Pakistan that paid him a visit.

While no significant progress was made at the meeting, all sides decided to keep in touch in order to plan for the future.

“A positive message,” according to the JUI-F chief, was received with open arms by the delegation. Taking a “united” stance on national issues was the primary goal of the meeting, he said.

Democracy is losing its appeal, and Pakistan’s parliament and constitution are losing their respect. In parliament, Maulana Fazalur Rehman continued, “we should have a single voice.”

Remarking on the event, National Assembly Opposition Leader Omar Ayub thanked the JUI-F leader for ‘warmly’ receiving the group.

We had a fruitful discussion in the meeting, he declared, urging the opposition parties to work with the PTI to “protect” the constitution.

Constitutional violations and a lack of a rule of law are the claims made by Omar Ayub. According to him, there was “no reason” why the police searched the PTI’s Islamabad central secretariat office.

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In the instance of illegal recruitment, Pervaiz Elahi is granted bail.

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The earlier-reserved court ruling was delivered by LHC Judge Sultan Tanveer Ahmad on Tuesday.

LHC had filed a post-arrest bail motion, according to the former chief minister.

On October 25, 2023, Pervaiz was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

From June 1 to September 18, Elahi has been arrested in a number of crimes; the most recent one was reported by the Punjab ACE on September 18.

More: Pervaiz Elahi’s condition “deteriorated” in Adiala jail; he was hurried to PIMS.

In the Punjab Assembly, Elahi illegally hired 12 people for grade 17 positions, according to information provided by an ACE representative.

In the provincial assembly, the candidates were chosen through record-altering.

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

Nevertheless, the prosecution argued that the bail petition did not meet the necessary legal criteria, emphasising that Parvez Elahi had not been apprehended in connection with the case.

Considering these considerations, the court rejected Parvez Elahi’s request for release, stating that it was premature since he had not been arrested in the Jinnah House attack case.

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