PTI leader Hammad Azhar steps down from contesting elections 2024

ISLAMABAD: The leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and a former finance minister declared on Wednesday that he would not be participating in the general elections that are set for February 8, 2024. When a bench made up of Justices Mansoor Ali Shah and Jamal Mandokhel considered an appeal filed by Azhar against the rejection of his nomination papers, he informed the Supreme Court of his decision through his attorney.

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His attorney informed the bench during the hearing that the former minister had decided not to press his appeal. Justice Mansoor questioned why the high court had cited Article 62 (1) f in its ruling at one point. He noted that Article 62 (1) f did not apply on its own, as the supreme court had made clear.

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Justice Mansoor went on to say that because the PTI leader withdrew his suit, he would not be able to benefit from the verdict of the supreme court. Subsequently, the attorney representing Hammad Azhar revealed that his client, who had filed candidacy papers from NA-129, had declared his intention to not run in the general elections.

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Election Holidays in Pakistan for Schools 2024; Details Inside

ISLAMABAD: Social media platforms are buzzing with rumors suggesting that Pakistan will observe eight holidays in February due to the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 8, 2024. However, these claims have been refuted, clarifying that no official notification regarding the matter has been issued yet.

Reports circulating online allege that there will be eight consecutive holidays from February 4 to February 11, with February 4 being a Sunday and February 5 observed as Kashmir Day. The supposed break would extend from February 6 to 10 due to the election period, followed by another Sunday on February 11. Schools, colleges, and universities would then resume classes on February 12 after the speculated eight-day hiatus.

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) holds the authority to announce election-related holidays, yet no such notification has been released by the electoral body at present. Therefore, the claims circulating on social media remain unconfirmed until an official statement is issued by the ECP regarding the election schedule and associated holidays.

Feb 4                Sunday

Feb 5                Kashmir Day

Feb 6-10           Election Holidays

Feb 11               Sunday

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