ISLAMABAD: The ECP has provided PPP with sword symbol after 40 years. Pakistan Peoples Party had approached the Election Commission Pakistan to request for the sword symbol.
PPP Secretary General Nayyar Hussain Bukhari had requested the ECP to allot party electoral symbol of the sword. The sword symbol was the first original party symbol which it used to contest election in 1970 after its formation.
Nayyar told ECP that PPP was formed in 1967 and fought the elections of 1970 with the symbol of the sword. However, after the imposition martial law by Zia-ul-Haq in 1977 the symbol was removed.
PPP Secretary General said that inn 1987, the symbol of the sword was not present in the list of symbols allotted to parties. He further stated that the party has the right to this electoral symbol as it represents the sword of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
The party had chose the symbol of arrow after the sword was banned by Dictator Zia. Along with the symbol of sword, plough and scales were also struck out from the list of the allotted symbols.
After hearing the arguments, a committee of the Election Commission allotted Pakistan Peoples Party the symbol of its choice.
The Chief Election Commissioner presided over the process of allotting parties and candidates their symbols. He said that that political parties are eligible for all those electoral symbols over which there is no problem. After the parties have chosen their desired symbols, the independent candidates can choose from the remaining symbols.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was allotted the symbol of lion in the allotment process. While Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was allotted the bat, Jamaat-e-Islami was given scales, while Awami Muslim League pen and inkpot.