No mention of money in viral 'horse-trading' video, says Ali Haider Gilani

By: News Desk      Published: 08:41 PM, 2 Mar, 2021
No mention of money in viral 'horse-trading' video, says Ali Haider Gilani
Ali Haider Gillani.–File photo

Ali Haider Gillani, son of former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, said on Tuesday there was no mention of money in the video, which has gone viral on the social media. 

Responding to a query about the video, which showed him doing horse trading ahead of the Senate election, Ali said a PTI MNA told him that the government would give them a marked ballot paper and he told him to double stamp his ballot paper if such a situation arises. 

Ali said what he was talking to the PTI MNA was a routine matter. He said the PPP was openly asking the ruling party lawmakers for vote in the Senate election. He said his father had even written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan for the vote. He said he went to see the PTI MNA on his invitation and he is going to see more lawmakers from the ruling party. 

With Senate election just hours away, a video of Ali showed him “buying vote” for his father who is contesting the election for a Senate seat. The video shows Ali asking the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA to “sell his vote” or double stamp it so that it is wasted. 

Commenting on the video scandal, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said his party was contesting the Senate election democratically and it was only the government that was using money in this election.