By Atiya Riffat
All major political gatherings were distributed their desired election symbols as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) started the procedure yesterday.
An aggregate of 70 parties who don’t have a dispute with some other party are qualified for their own symbol, the ECP declared.
PPP-Parliamentarians (PPPP) whose official president is Asif Ali Zardari was assigned the arrow — the symbol the party has been contesting elections on since the sword was expelled from the symbol list after 1977 elections.
Nayyar Bukhari, who spoke to the Bilawal-drove PPP contended that the party was framed in 1967 and had challenged the 1970 election on the ‘sword’ symbol. In any case, after Gen Ziaul Haq forced military law, the symbol was expelled from the ECP’s list. He contended that the symbol was the privilege of the PPP.
In addition, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was designated ‘bat’ as symbol though Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) would contest with its conventional symbol ‘lion.’
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) was allocated the ‘kite’ symbol after both Amir Khan and Farooq Sattar showed up before the ECP and said that their inward clash has nothing to do with the decision symbol which ought to be designated to the party.
Pakistan Kissan Ittehad was given ‘plough’ and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) then again, removed its past election symbol ‘cycle’ and handled to have ‘tractor’
The Jamaat-I-Islami will utilize the ‘scales’, while Pakistan Muttahida Ulema and Mashaikh Council was assigned the symbol of ‘bull’ and ‘human hand’ was relegated to Pakistan Awami League, ‘pen and ink’ to Awami Muslim League, and ‘lantern’ to Awami National Party..
As per the ECP, a party has the privilege to look for allocation of a similar symbol given to it in a past election.