ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday barred Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) from adopting the National Flag of Pakistan as party symbol, ARY News reported.
The ECP termed the adoption of the national flag representing a party as violation of its sanctity by remarking that the national flag does not represent a particular segment of society or any political party’s ideology but it represents the entire society.
Barring PSP from symbolizing the Pakistani flag, the ECP remarked that no party has this right to utilize it for political gains.
A petition was filed by Sobedar (r) Sajid Kiyani seeking the ECP to forbid Pak Sarzameen Party to use the national flag as its party flag.
The ECP had reserved its verdict on February 9 this year in the case, which announced today.
According to media reports the PSP has decided to challenge the ECP verdict in high court.
The ECP, however, rejected another petition seeking change in the name of Pak Sarzameen Party, filed by petitioner Arshad Kasuri. The petitioner had pleaded that the party should change its name as it cannot be based on a verse from the national anthem.
Announcing to part ways with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), former mayor of Karachi Mustafa Kamal on March 23 last year conducted a press conference to announce his party’s name ‘Pak Sarzameen Party’.