Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has taken its concerns about encountering obstacles in the filing of nomination papers for the upcoming 2024 general elections to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Submitted by lawyer Shoaib Shaheen on Thursday, the petition names the federal and provincial governments, as well as the Election Commission of Pakistan, as respondents.
The petition respectfully seeks the court’s direction to ensure a level playing field for PTI, emphasizing the necessity for free and fair elections in the interest of justice. Additionally, it calls for an order restraining the government from harassing PTI’s workers and leaders, urging the authorities to allow their participation in the elections without discrimination.
This legal action follows a previous complaint filed with the Election Commission of Pakistan by PTI, highlighting instances of nomination paper snatching. Meanwhile, the Peshawar High Court has ruled that the matter of PTI’s electoral symbols should be deferred to the Election Commission of Pakistan. Simultaneously, the Islamabad High Court has rejected the party’s request to suspend the Toshakhana verdict against Imran Khan.
Khalid Khursheed Disqualified From PTI Gilgit-Baltistan Leadership Position
Meanwhile, in a significant turn of events, former Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister Khalid Khursheed finds himself disqualified for life from assuming leadership within the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) GB chapter. This development comes on the heels of the Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Court’s earlier decision on July 4, which revoked Khalid Khursheed Khan’s position as chief minister in light of a fake degree case.
The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of Gilgit-Baltistan, in a recent verdict released on Thursday, cemented Khalid Khursheed’s exclusion from leading the party, marking a lifetime disqualification. The ruling emanated from a petition filed by Shahzad Agha, a member of the GB Assembly, who contended that Khursheed’s law degree was fraudulent, warranting disqualification under Articles 62 and 63.
The petitioner’s argument centered on the authenticity of Khursheed’s claimed law degree from London, which, upon scrutiny, could not be substantiated. The three-member bench presiding over the case announced the verdict, upholding the petitioner’s stance against the former chief minister.