The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday lodged a petition with the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) ban on the heads of political parties from participating in by-election campaigns.
The PTI submitted that the matter was sub-judice in the Supreme Court, thus, the ECP could neither issue a new notification nor bar any political party head from participating in by-election campaigns.
The objection to Khan’s participation in electioneering in the NA-122 by-poll was also raised by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Sunday evening.
Khan, in response to the objection, announced that his party would challenge the decision in the LHC.
The PTI held the view that Khan should be allowed to run the by-election campaign since he did not hold any administrative position in the government.
The ruling PML-N has fielded Ayaz Sadiq in the NA-122 by-election and the PTI Aleem Khan. The NA-122 seat was vacated after the election tribunal de-seated Ayaz Sadiq, the National Assembly speaker, due to irregularities in the election. Re-polling will be held on October 11.