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ECP Files Review Petition Over PTI’s Electoral Symbol Ruling

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has filed a review petition at the Peshawar High Court (PHC) against its single-bench ruling on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) electoral symbol, the ‘bat.’

The high court issued a verdict on December 26, suspending the ECP’s order and restoring the ‘bat’ symbol to PTI until a final decision is reached.

The court indicated that a double bench would hear the matter after winter vacations.

The ECP is now requesting a review of the PTI’s intra-party elections and the court’s decision on the election symbol.

Former Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry Granted 6-Day Physical Remand in Corruption Case

Meanwhile, an accountability court in Islamabad has granted a six-day physical remand for former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry in a case related to misappropriation in construction projects in Jhelum.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) took Fawad into custody earlier this month in connection with the corruption case.

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The court remarked that the investigation should be completed, allowing Fawad to meet his lawyers, and he will be presented before the court on January 5, 2024.

Fawad Chaudhry faced multiple allegations, including accusations of using influence as a minister and misappropriation in a Public Sector Development Programmes (PSDP) project.

He argued that the project was approved by federal and provincial governments, and the NAB did not have jurisdiction to initiate an inquiry against him.

The NAB prosecutor sought a 10-day extension in Fawad Chaudhry’s physical remand, stating that banking records and suspicions of irregularities needed further investigation.

Fawad Chaudhry has faced various legal challenges, including a complaint filed against him for allegedly taking a bribe for a job and previous arrests related to his statements against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

He was also among the PTI leaders arrested during the crackdown on the party’s alleged involvement in riots.

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