The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has announced that it will celebrate “thanksgiving day” across the country’s four provinces tonight in celebration of their victory in the election delay case against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). PTI Chairman Imran Khan shared on Twitter that his party will celebrate Youm-e-Tashakkur in more than 75 cities across the four provinces after Isha prayer.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan, in a unanimous judgment by a three-member bench, declared the ECP’s decision on the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) election null and void. The court ordered the electoral body to conduct snap polls in Punjab on May 14. The apex court’s verdict was a result of a plea filed by the Khan-led party against the ECP, as the party has been persistently demanding snap polls, particularly in Punjab and KP, after dissolving provincial assemblies in two provinces.
Khan deemed the Supreme Court’s decision a huge step towards Haqeeqi Azadi (true freedom). He added that the apex court stood with the Constitution and put an end to the doctrine of necessity. However, he also warned his supporters about the “real danger,” stating that despite the top court’s order, the “ruling mafia” will avoid conducting elections owing to their fear of losing.
The PTI’s Secretary General Asad Umar also shared the update about PTI’s celebration following the SC judgement. “Thanksgiving day will be celebrated in all four provinces tonight in the context of the Supreme Court’s decision,” he said.
The party has posted a tweet informing its workers and supporters about the locations where they can gather for the celebration with most number of protests taking place in Sindh’s 21 cities, followed by 19 in Balochistan, 13 in Punjab, and three in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In Sindh, PTI’s gatherings will take place in various cities, including Karachi, Hyderabad, and Mirpurkhas. Meanwhile, in Balochistan, celebrations will take place in Quetta, Zhob, and Dukki. In Punjab, celebrations will take place in Lahore, Gujranwala, and Multan. Meanwhile, only three cities in KP comprising Peshawar, Swat, and Abbotabad will see the PTI celebrate thanksgiving day.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan will also address the nation via video link, stating that the path to true freedom comes from justice. “The decision of the Supreme Court proves the rule of law,” he added.
The decision was warmly received by the Tehreek-e-Insaf workers and leaders. PTI Chief Imran Khan said that the apex court saved the constitution while lauding the verdict. Overall, the PTI’s celebration of thanksgiving day marks a significant moment in Pakistan’s political history, highlighting the importance of the rule of law and the power of the people to demand fair and just elections.