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Saturday, April 13, 2024

PTI’s Missteps: Sher Afzal Marwat Laments Loss of Over 80 Seats

PTI leader regrets alliance with Sunni Ittehad Council, faces loss of reserved seats, legal challenges, and calls for internal accountability.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Sher Afzal Marwat has voiced regret over the party’s decision to merge with the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), citing it as a strategic error. Marwat highlighted the repercussions of this alliance, particularly the loss of reserved seats, urging an inquiry into the party’s decision-making process.

The PTI formed an alliance with the SIC to secure its portion of reserved seats in the national, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies. However, this move has led to significant setbacks for the party, prompting calls for accountability within its ranks.

PTI’s founder, Imran Khan, expressed disappointment over the Peshawar High Court’s dismissal of the SIC’s petition challenging the Election Commission of Pakistan’s ruling on reserved seats. Khan instructed his party to challenge this decision in the Supreme Court, underscoring the gravity of the situation.

Marwat identified two critical errors in PTI’s alliance formation process. Firstly, the party opted for an alliance with the PTI-Nazriati splinter group instead of pursuing an agreement with the JUI-Sherani faction. Secondly, PTI’s alignment with the Majlis Wahdate-e-Muslimeen (MWM) was marred by sectarian issues, leading to internal discord and external legal battles.

Legal Challenges and Strategic Perspectives

Legal experts have scrutinized PTI’s decisions and their legal ramifications, offering insights into the party’s predicament. Lawyers suggest that PTI could have pursued alternative strategies to safeguard its electoral interests, avoiding entanglements with parties like the SIC.

Barrister Ali Tahir emphasized the importance of appealing to the Supreme Court to challenge the High Court’s ruling, presenting PTI’s case within a constitutional framework. However, legal avenues are constrained by earlier decisions, particularly the loss of PTI’s electoral symbol, which significantly limits the party’s options.

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