In 2024, PTI will take part in provincial and national elections

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There is a lot of “election mode” going on among political parties ahead of the upcoming elections, and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced on Monday that it would participate in both the provincial and national elections of 2024.

It was announced by the former ruling party that candidates will be nominated and contest the elections from “all constituencies” following a core committee meeting of the PTI.

It was announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) last week that the schedule for the general elections scheduled to take place in 2024 will be held on February 8 after months of ambiguity.

After consulting with President Arif Alvi, the top electoral body finally announced the election date on the basis of the directions given by the CJP Isa-led three-member bench of the apex court in order to hold elections within 90 days based on the multiple petitions that were filed seeking timely elections.

During an interview with PTI a few days ago, Imran Khan announced that the party will remain vigourous and determined to take part in electoral politics and added that “coercion and fascism won’t dissuade [PTI] from contesting the elections”.

Taking into account the former prime minister and PTI chairman Imran Khan’s incarceration, the announcement made this statement: “We look forward to working with the PTI chairman once he is released from the Adiala jail”.

In the article, it stated that if the chairman was kept in prison, “the chairman would lead the nation from behind bars”.

It is believed that the PTI chief is currently imprisoned in Adiala jail, alongside the party’s Vice-Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, for their involvement in the cipher case.

Amidst the turmoil in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the ousted premier, who was removed from power by a parliamentary vote, moved last week to seek bail in the cipher case. In response to the IHC’s rejection of his bail application, halting proceedings and canceling the first information report (FIR), the ousted premier moved to the top court last week.

Despite filing a petition under CrPC 265-D to stop the indictment, the two were indicted in the cipher case on October 23 – even though they had filed a petition to stop the indictment. In the wake of conversations between Pakistani envoy to Washington and US diplomat, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) booked them for violating the secret law by misusing and misplacing diplomatic cables.

After Asad Qaiser was arrested in a graft case last week, the party suffered another major setback when he was sent to Adiala jail in the same facility as Khan and Qureshi, who are already imprisoned in that facility for the fight against corruption.

In addition, the PTI huddle also approved the issuance of a “White Paper” to highlight the economic circumstances in the country caused by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and decisions made by the caretaker government.

During a statement released by the party, it was stressed that voting interference and rigging would not be tolerated by the nation nor the world at large, as well as the importance of level playing fields.

As a matter of fact, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is not the only political party that has complained that there are no equal opportunities as they have also complained that there are no opportunities for equal development.

A number of claims have been made by both parties alleging that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) receives preferential treatment.

In an announcement made as the date for the poll draws closer, it is reported that the PTI is going to contest elections as political parties gear up to go into “election mode” in anticipation of the election.

In a meeting Monday in Lahore, Nawaz Sharif, the three-time former prime minister and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, who returned from a self-imposed exile last month, directed the party leaders to begin preparing for the elections as soon as possible.

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