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Updated December 30th, 2023 at 18:03 IST

Pak Election 2024: Imran Khan's PTI registered as a 'leaderless' entity by ECP

As Ex-PM Imran Khan navigates through his plethora of legal battles, his party - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) was described as a leaderless political entity.

Reported by: Bhagyasree Sengupta
Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto and Ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan
Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto and Ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan | Image:AP
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Islamabad: As the former Prime Minister Imran Khan navigates through his plethora of legal battles, his party - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) was described as a leaderless political entity by the Election Commission of Pakistan, in its updated political part list. On Sunday, the electoral watchdog released an updated roster which comprised of 175 officially registered political parties that will contest in the 2024 Pakistan General Elections, Geo News reported. The updated list no longer mentions Imran Khan, the founder of PTI as the head of the political party. 

According to the Pakistani news outlet, the roaster now incorporates PTI's faction Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Parliamentarians (PTIP) as a separate political entity. The political faction was led by the Former Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak. The elimination of the name of the party leader happened a data after PTI lost its electoral symbol, the ''bat'', depicting the cricketing legacy of Khan. Earlier this week, the Pakistani electoral watchdog also declared PTI's intra-party poll as null and void. After the ECP's verdict, Gohar Ali Khan, who took over as PTI chairman after Imran Khan was removed from the office. 

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What about others? 

According to Pakistani News outlet Geo News, some of the other registered entities included the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), led by President Abdul Aleem Khan. Meanwhile,  Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) are registered under the leadership of Shehbaz Sharif and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, respectively. The list included several other notable party affiliations which is already known to the public. While the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) is registered under Asif Ali Zardari’s name. The roster also highlighted other prominent political groups, including the Awami National Party (ANP) led by Asfandyar Wali Khan, the Balochistan National Party (BNP) led by Akhtar Mengal, and the Jamaat-e-Islami led by Sirajul Haq, Geo News reported. 

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Published December 25th, 2023 at 12:47 IST

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