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Imran Khan to act against party lawmakers in vote-for-money scandal

19 April 2018

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday questioned the future of the Senate chairman and deputy chairman elected through voting of members who had sold their votes. By furnishing explanation in response to show-cause notices, the members can avoid being expelled from the party, he added.

The PTI chief had chose to take action against those who had sold their loyalties to other parties after the party faced criticism on social media.

"We are expelling those from the party who sold their consciences and loyalties".

They said that the goal of the assembly session will be to ask the chief minister for a vote of confidence or show a majority in the house of 124.

Those who were served with show-cause notices on the charges of selling votes include Yaseen Khalil, Gul Sahib Khan, Nargis Ali, Fauzia Bibi, Nasim Hayat, Arif Yousaf, Faisal Zaman, Samiullah Alizai, Sardar Idrees, Amjad Afridi, Abdul Haq, Khatoon Bibi and Meraj Humayun Khan.

The party later took to Twitter to name all those found involved in "horse-trading". Imran claimed that between 30-40 votes were sold in the Senate elections.

The party had initiated the investigation into members who shifted loyalties after losing one Senate seat from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Assembly.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is also hearing a case pertaining to alleged massive horse-trading in Senate elections and has asked political parties to come up with compelling evidence to substantiate allegations of buying and selling of votes by lawmakers in the polls. He constituted a committee to probe the matter and announced that strict action would be taken against such individuals.

The list containing names of accused has been handed over to Imran Khan who will hold a press conference along with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on this issue later in the day.

Imran Khan to act against party lawmakers in vote-for-money scandal