ISLAMABAD: The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday urged the PTI to appoint its personal members in a petition filed by the ruling occasion, searching for former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani’s disqualification.
A four-member ECP fee, headed by its chief, Justice (retd) Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi, heard the petition filed by the PTI in opposition to the previous prime minister.
Yousaf Raza Gillani had defeated Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh within the March 3 Senate election held on the Islamabad seat.
The ruling occasion was represented within the listening to by Barrister Ali Zafar.
Zafar argued that the federal government was represented within the Nationwide Meeting by 180 members whereas the Opposition solely had 160 members, arguing that based mostly on these numbers alone, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh ought to have gained the competition.
“Votes were being bought with money and party tickets before the elections took place,” claimed the PTI lawyer. “In the video from March 2, the candidate’s son, Ali Haider Gillani, can be allegedly seen offering bribes to buy votes.”
Zafar mentioned that Gillani may be heard within the video, telling PTI lawmakers to cancel their votes. To that, the ECP chief requested Zafar whether or not he knew the PTI lawmakers within the video.
“Didn’t you think it necessary to make those who can be seen in the video (PTI lawmakers) parties to the case as well?” requested the ECP chief, stating that the fee doesn’t recognise these members by face.
“The persons in the video should not be made parties to the case,” answered the PTI lawyer.
“You’re saying these people took bribes. Their affidavits should have been attached with the petition by now,” responded the ECP chief, including that these concerned within the video scandal ought to have issued statements by now to substantiate that they have been certainly provided bribes.
“The one who offered the bribe and the ones who received them, both are involved in this matter. We can’t make only the one who offered the bribe a party to the case,” mentioned the ECP chairman.
Zafar mentioned that in one of many movies, Rs50 to 60 million have been provided as bribes for lawmakers in trade for votes within the Senate elections, including that moreover that quantity, funds totaling Rs100m for improvement works in constituencies have been additionally provided.
The ECP urged Zafar to make all individuals concerned within the video scandal a celebration to the case, including that if the fees of giving and receiving bribes are confirmed, then motion must be taken in opposition to all of the culprits.
“Prepare the petition in the correct manner, gather the evidence. Why will we not take action on it [then]?” requested the ECP chief.
The ECP requested Zafar why the ruling occasion, in its petition, was reluctant to call those that allegedly acquired bribes.
The PTI lawyer identified that PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, throughout a current public speech, mentioned that the PML-N ticket, and never cash, labored in Senate elections.
“What she meant by that was … you vote for us and we will give you the ticket in the next elections,” alleged Zafar.
Nevertheless, the ECP chief didn’t agree with Zafar’s interpretation of the PML-N chief’s speech. “She said the ticket was successful, not that they would issue any ticket to anyone,” he mentioned, urging the PTI lawyer to convey forth concrete proof.
ECP chief Altaf Qureshi reminded the PTI lawyer that if the ruling occasion brings concrete proof to show its claims, then the Fee will take motion.
“Any decision that goes in your favour cannot be classified as a just one,” he mentioned. “We want justice to be seen to be done. Retract this petition and file a new one,” he instructed Zafar.
The PTI lawyer agreed to incorporate the names of PTI members who have been concerned within the video.