PTI MPA claims offered Rs50m for Senate vote

PM Imran forms committee to probe KP MPAs video leakage

By: News Desk
Published: 06:47 PM, 11 Feb, 2021
PTI MPA claims offered Rs50m for Senate vote
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As preparations for the Senate elections have started gathering pace and all political parties in the country, particularly the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), claim that they want transparent elections, Member Punjab Assembly (MPA) from Multan Javed Akhtar Ansari has disclosed he was also offered Rs50 million for the sale of his vote but he refused.

Talking to 24News TV channel on Thursday, he said an agent of a political party even visited his home for the purpose. “I was offered not only the money but also MNA ticket,” he added.

Ansari said he was with Prime Minister Imran Khan and would remain so in future.

PTI lawmakers’ video had gone viral on social media a few days back amid a heated debate between the government and opposition on open balloting for this year's Senate elections.

In the video, stacks of money can be seen atop a table in front of PTI MPAs from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. KP Law Minister Sultan Mohammad Khan and MPA Ubaid Mayar can also be seen in the video.

PPP former MPA Mohammad Ali Bacha can be seen handing over money to PTI parliamentarians. Sultan Khan can be seen receiving money in the video and keeping it in a bag. Some other MPAs of the PTI can also be seen in the video.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has formed a three-member committee to identify characters in the video of members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly receiving heavy amounts in lieu of voting for the other party’s candidates in the 2018 Senate elections.

The committee, consisting of Fawad Chaudhry, Shirin Mazari and Shahzad Akbar, will forward its findings to the Election Commission of Pakistan and other institutions such as NAB.

The committee will also forward its report to the prime minister.