On December 10, 2023, Barrister Gohar Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), demanded the immediate issuance of a certificate for the party's electoral symbol—the cricket bat—from the Election Commission. This follows the party's concerns over the Commission's perceived 'dilatory-dallying tactics' in granting the symbol despite PTI submitting all the required documents after holding intra-party polls.
PTI Asserts Electoral Rights
Speaking to journalists, Barrister Gohar Khan highlighted the significance of maintaining a level playing field in the electoral process. He underscored the constitutionality and legal right of a political party to its electoral symbol, a key identifier that encourages the participation of all political parties in the process. According to the PTI Chairman, the immediate acquisition of this symbol is not only a matter of right but also a necessity for the integrity of the elections.
Fear of Discrimination
Barrister Khan expressed concerns over the potential discriminatory treatment of PTI compared to other parties. He insisted that PTI should not be subjected to any form of discrimination and that the Election Commission should ensure parity in its dealings with all political parties. The delay in issuing the certificate for PTI's electoral symbol, he suggested, could be interpreted as a form of discrimination.
Call for Immediate Action
Barrister Khan urged the Election Commission to issue the certificate for PTI's electoral symbol without delay. He argued that this action is crucial for preserving the integrity of the electoral system and for preventing any further complications. The PTI spokesperson echoed these sentiments, expressing serious reservations over the Commission's unnecessary delaying tactics and calling for immediate action.