ECP moved for Buzdar disqualification

By: News Desk      Published: 02:18 PM, 24 Aug, 2020
ECP moved for Buzdar disqualification

Problems are multiplying for Punjab Chief Usman Buzdar with each passing day, as a lawyer has now moved the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), seeking his disqualification on corruption charges, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Monday.

The move came as Buzdar is facing an inquiry by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after he was accused of receiving Rs50 million as a bribe in connection with the issuance of a liquor licence to a hotel in Lahore.

The application was filed by Barrister Saeed Ahmed Zafar with the ECP Lahore office under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

In his application, Barrister Saeed has requested the ECP to disqualify the chief minister and hold by-election in his constituency. Buzdar was elected as a Punjab Assembly member from PP-286 Dera Ghazi Khan-II in July 25, 2018 general elections.

Moreover, the applicant has also sought an ECP intervention by which Buzdar should be stopped from working as the chief minister till the final decision on his petition.

According to the application, Buzdar is facing an ongoing investigation by the NAB and has already appeared before the investigators on August 12. Also, two public servants have decided to become approvers against him.

By misstating the facts about the liquor licence, he further says, the chief minister is no more Sadiq and Amin, which necessitates the need to disqualify him and hold election in PP-286 to get a replacement elected.  

The ECP has been moved against Buzdar on a day when he said people levelling unfounded allegations wanted to stop the journey of development.

In a statement, the chief minister added that the era of plunder and gimmicks had passed and that there was no room in Naya Pakistan for those pursuing interests-based politics.