PTI announces NA, KP Assembly candidates from Peshawar

By
Abubakar Saddiq
Activists of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) take part in an anti-government rally demanding early elections in Peshawar on October 28, 2022. — AFP
Activists of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) take part in an anti-government rally demanding early elections in Peshawar on October 28, 2022. — AFP

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced the names of its candidates for national and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies' seats from Peshawar for the February 8 general elections, Geo News reported on Friday.

The PTI has fielded Shandana Gulzar from the NA-30 constituency. Sajid Nawaz, Arbab Amir, Arbab Sher Ali and Asif Khan will be PTI candidates from different constituencies in Peshawar.

The PTI said it will not issue a ticket to Sher Afzal Marwat in Peshawar.

On December 27, 2023, PTI leader from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Taimur Khan Jhagra raised objections over Marwat’s contesting polls from Peshawar after the latter had submitted his nomination papers for the NA-32 constituency in Peshawar.

"It would be better if a leader from Peshawar contested from that constituency," Jhagra had said.

Meanwhile, speaking to Geo News, Marwat had said that he had no interest in contesting the polls. "The PTI founder has directed me to contest elections from Peshawar," he had added.

On the flip side, Mehmood Jan, Taimur Jhagra, Kamran Bangash, Arbab Jehandad, Fazal Elahi, Hamidul Haq, Asim Khan, Mina Khan, Ali Zaman, Malik Shahab, Samiullah, Sher Ali Afridi and Noreen Arif will get PTI tickets for provincial seats in Peshawar, the party said. 

On January 10, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) restored the PTI’s electoral symbol ‘bat’ paving the way for the party to head to polls with its iconic symbol in February 8 polls.

The decision was announced following the hearing of PTI's petition challenging the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) decision declaring the intra-party election as null and void and revoking their electoral symbol ‘bat’. The court had heard all parties in the case.

In its verdict, the court had termed the ECP's decision ‘incorrect’.

Following the verdict, the court ordered the electoral watchdog to issue a certificate to the PTI and suspended the decision that stripped the party of its symbol.

“PTI is a political party entitled to an election symbol,” the court had said.