PPP swings into election mode with 'sword' symbol

04:10 PM | 29 May, 2018
PPP swings into election mode with 'sword' symbol
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Pakistan Peoples Party has been allotted the symbol of the sword after a span of 40 years by the Election Commission of Pakistan to contest the upcoming elections.

The party had been contesting elections on the symbol of Arrow, however, PPP’s Secretary General Nayyar Hussain Bukhari had requested the Election Commission of Pakistan to allot party its original electoral symbol of the sword.

"PPP was formed in 1967. It fought the elections of 1970 with the symbol of the sword. However, after the martial law in 1977 the symbol was removed," he told the ECP.

The election regulator heard the arguments after which a five-member committee allotted the Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led party, the symbol of its choice.

Besides PPP, other major political parties of Pakistan were also allotted the electoral symbol of their own choice for the forthcoming elections scheduled on July 25th.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was allotted the symbol of the lion, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf allotted bat, Jamaat-e-Islami given scale, PPP Parliamentarians allotted arrow, while Awami National Party and Awami Muslim League received lantern, and pen and inkpot respectively.

On the occasion, the Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, remarked that political parties are eligible for all those electoral symbols over which there is no dispute.

Additionally, the leaders of both factions of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, PIB's Farooq Sattar and Bahadurabad's Amir Khan, also appeared before the ECP.

Amir Khan remarked that the electoral symbol of the kite should be allotted to MQM, adding that the difference between two factions has nothing to do with the electoral symbol.

"In our view, there is no dispute in Muttahida Qaumi Movement," said Cheif Election Commission and allotted the party its desired symbol.