PPPP gets the ‘Arrow’ for general elections

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) assigned the arrow symbol to the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians on Monday whereas the decision over the name of Pakistan Peoples Party was with held by the commission.

A three member bench of the commission headed by Justice (retd) Riaz Kayani restarted the hearing over the allotment of the ‘Arrow’ symbol and the name of the Pakistan Peoples Party.

The Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) was represented by Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Latif Khosa, Farroq H. Naek and Masood Kausar.

Ghinwa Bhutto chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party-Shaheed Bhutto (PPP-SB) had requested the ECP to register her party as the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and for the allottment of ‘ Sword’ as the election symbol for her party.

Estranged peoples party leaders , Naheed Khan and Safdar Abbasi had also filed a request for the registration of a new party called the PPP and had also requested for ‘Arrow’ as the election symbol.

The commission allotted the ‘Arrow’ symbol to the PPPP while adjourning its decision over the registration and name of the PPP.

Speaking to media persons after the decision former law minister Farooq H. Naek said that they would contest the upcoming elections under the platform of the PPP Parliamentarians and that the commission had made a fair decision over the issue.

Another PPPP leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim said that the public had trust in the Pakistan Peoples Party and that the election symbol ‘Arrow’ was their right.

A heated argument and scuffle occurred between the supporters of Naheed Khan and PPPP outside the ECP premises after the announcement of the decision.

The ECP had allotted election symbols to 144 parties last week while holding its decision on allotment of ‘ Arrow’ as election symbol which was sought by three parties.

The same three parties including the PPPP were seeking to register their respective parties as PPP.