PM forms committee to investigate horse-trading in 2018 Senate polls

Dunya News

The committee will forward its recommendations to Prime Minister.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Prime Minister Imran Khan has formed a committee to investigate horse-trading during Senate elections in 2018 after a video of lawmakers taking bribe surfaced.

A three-member committee, comprising Fawad Chaudhry, Shireen Mazari and Shahzad Akbar, will conduct a thorough probe against vote trading by some members of provincial assembly (MPAs).

The committee is to ascertain the facts against those involved and will forward its recommendations to Prime Minister.

It is pertinent to mention here that a video of horse-trading during Senate elections in 2018 by some provincial lawmakers has emerged who can be seen counting bundles of notes and putting them inside a bag.

Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that selling votes for financial benefits is very shameful and demanded action against those Senators who payed lawmakers to get elected.

On the other hand, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill has said that PM Imran Khan has been raising the issue for past 25 years as he is strictly against horse-trading in elections.

It is to be noted here that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had expelled its lawmakers for “selling their votes” in Senate elections. Imran Khan had said that 20 of PTI MPAs had received Rs40 million each for selling their loyalties in the Senate election.

PTI government, in order to conduct Senate elections by open ballot in 2021, has approached the apex court under Article 186.

The top court’s guidance has been sought in the presidential reference in order to amend Section 122 (6) of the Election Act, 2017 without amending the constitution.