Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Senior Vice President and Chief Organizer, Maryam Nawaz, has expressed her reaction to the Peshawar High Court’s decision regarding Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) electoral symbol dispute.
In her statement, Maryam Nawaz argued that the single bench verdict of the Peshawar High Court constitutes an encroachment upon the constitutional authority of the Election Commission. She characterized the decision as endorsing fake and fraudulent intra-party elections, transforming the outcome into not an election but a selection.
According to Maryam Nawaz, the ruling implies a perplexing scenario where neither the voters nor the voter lists, nor the Election Commissioner, nor the permission to contest elections, are legitimate. She criticized the concept of leveling the playing field, highlighting the reluctance of those accustomed to manipulating their party’s internal processes to extend the same fairness to others.
Furthermore, the PML-N leader asserted that the historical date of 2018, when the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf claimed victory in the general elections, has been revisited. She accused the party in power of stealing the nation’s mandate in 2018 and suggested that they have now resorted to pilfering their own party’s mandate.
Maryam Nawaz’s critique reflects the broader concerns within the political landscape of Pakistan, emphasizing issues related to electoral integrity, fair play, and the credibility of democratic processes. The Peshawar High Court’s decision has not only stirred controversy within the political circles but has also prompted questions about the transparency and accountability of intra-party elections in the country. The ongoing legal battles and political commentaries surrounding these matters contribute to the complex dynamics of Pakistan’s political scene.