The federal government has regained the driver’s seat ahead of the upcoming Senate elections after a video of horse-trading in the 2018 Senate polls surfaced in the media.
The video shows an identified person buying the loyalties of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers from KP for billions of rupees.
The video that was released by ARY News had been made a month before the Senate election in February 2018 and shows 20 PTI MPAs who had voted against the party policy. It was later revealed that they had sold their votes for millions of rupees paid by a Senator of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
After a thorough investigation of the matter, PTI expelled the lawmakers who had accepted the bribes.
One of the legislators, namely Dr. Sultan Muhammad Khan, who had managed to avoid the investigations due to the lack of evidence against him, and later became the Minister of Law in the current provincial administration was also identified in the leaked video. Prime Minister Khan had ordered his removal from the position after the discovery of his involvement.
Reacting to the development, senior KP Minister, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, said that the provincial Chief Minister, Mahmood Khan, has ordered an inquiry into the matter, adding that the people involved in buying votes and selling loyalties will be brought to justice.
Yousafzai affirmed that the government aims to end the menace of horse-trading, which will be possible by voting through a ‘show of hands’ as suggested by Prime Minister Imran Khan.