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Restoration of bat as election symbol: SC disposes of PTI’s plea as withdrawn

Restoration of bat as election symbol: SC disposes of PTI’s plea as withdrawn

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Restoration of bat as election symbol: SC disposes of PTI's plea as withdrawn

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday disposed of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf plea against interim order passed by the Peshawar High Court taking away bat as election symbol from the party, after the PTI withdrew its petiton. 

As the proceedings started in the apex court, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s (PTI) withdrew its plea taking the stance that another similar petition was being heard by the PHC for restoration of electoral symbol ‘bat’.


The three-bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Mussarat Hilali heard the case.

PTI counsel Hamid Khan said party’s petition was being heard by Peshawar High Court. The PTI had filed an appeal in SC to restore the PTI’s electoral symbol, ‘bat’.

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Meanwhile, a two-member Peshawar High Court bench comprsing Justice Ijaz Anwar and Justice Syed Arshad Ali, conducted hearing of PTI’s plea seeking order for the ECP to allot PTI bat as election symbol.


Barrister Gohar Ali Khan said that the PHC would likely announce its verdict by 11 a.m. today (Wednesday).


It may be recalled that the PHC restored the Election Commission’s (ECP) December 22 decision regarding PTI’s election symbol and intra-party election, after which the party was stripped of its bat election symbol.


It must be noted that the PTI moved to the SC against the decision of the PHC.


Previously, Barrister said if the PHC’s decision came in their favour, there would be no need to approach the Supreme Court.

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The plea filed in SC aimed to overturn the ECP’s decisions about the party’s intra-party polls and the party’s electoral symbol.


PTI leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan expressed optimism that the bat symbol will be back, affirming the party’s commitment to follow the court judgement.

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Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

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 YouTuber and anchorperson Imran Riaz has been released following a court order that discharged him from charges of interference in official duties.

Imran Riaz’s lawyer, Mian Ali Ashfaq, confirmed the news on his official X (formerly Twitter) account.

Media reports indicate that on May 29, Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court, Justice Aamer Farooq, allowed Imran Riaz to perform Hajj. However, despite the court’s permission, he was barred from travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj on June 3 and had to return home, stating his intent to seek court intervention again.

On June 12, the Islamabad High Court once more permitted Imran Riaz to proceed with Hajj. Yet, on the same day, he was arrested at Lahore Airport, clad in ihram, just as he was about to depart.

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A case under Section 406 for breach of trust was filed against him, but the Model Town Court in Lahore dismissed these charges on June 13. Nonetheless, he was rearrested in connection with another case.

This time, Imran Riaz was accused in a case registered at Sarwar Road Police Station in Lahore for allegedly interfering with official duties by forcibly driving his vehicle through an airport checkpoint, damaging a barrier.

However, on June 14, the Cantt Court in Lahore discharged Imran Riaz from the interference charges, leading to his release as per the court’s order.

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Federal Information Minister Atta Tarar announced that health insurance for 5,000 journalists will be ensured in the first phase.

While addressing the media at the press club, Tarar stated that the government is committed to the welfare of journalists. He underlined the need to work together to serve the country. He also asserted the government’s belief in freedom of expression while stopping misinformation.

Also read: PPP standing with journalists over defamation law: Hassan Murtaza

Tarar highlighted that everyone must play a part in ending fake. He mentioned that a long meeting with journalists will be held soon saying that his doors are always open for them.

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Furthermore, Atta Tarar said that the government will ensure a minimum wage of Rs 37,000

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Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

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Political parties must prioritise country's progress: President Zardari

 President Asif Ali Zardari has emphasised that political parties must prioritise the country’s progress and prosperity by fulfilling their democratic and constitutional responsibility.

He was talking to Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi, who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

The president said we must only think about Pakistan and put aside personal differences.

He stressed the need to take Pakistan forward and everyone has to play his role in this regard.

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Speaking on the occasion, the Interior Minister said any challenge can be tackled through the power of unity and solidarity.

Besides, matters of mutual interest and country’s overall situation were discussed in the meeting.

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