PTI expels 20 MPAs on horse trading

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – April 19, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan tehreek-e-insaf (PTI) decided on Wednesday to serve “show cause notices” to 20 members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) assembly, along-with ‘expulsion’ from party ranks, who violated party’s discipline in the recent senate elections.

According to an official statement, PTI has set a daring precedent by kicking out 20 members of provincial assemblies (MPAs) from the party for selling votes in the recent senate elections.

PTI chairman Imran Khan, on Wednesday, announced that his party will issue “charge sheet” to 20 law makers to seek explanations of their actions and will report the names to the national accountability bureau (NAB) against “participating in horse trading” during senate elections last month.

He said that the party will give the members a chance to explain before sending their names to the NAB. “Expelling 20 MPAs right before general elections is a crucial move and it will surely have ramifications but it cannot deter PTI from its resolve to bring change,” Khan asserted.

Taking a jibe at Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz (PML-N), he stated that such kind of moves exhibits one’s commitment to truly protect the “sanctity of vote” and asked other parties if they could dare to follow this precedent.

Khan provided the names of MPAs who sold their loyalties; the names included: Nargis Ali, Deena Naaz, Nagina Khan, Fouzia Bibi and Naseem Hayat on reserved seats who had traded their votes.

Sardar Idrees, Obaid Mayar, Zahid Durrani, Abdul Haq, Qurban Khan, Amjad Afridi, Arif Yousaf, Javed Naseem, Yasin Khalil, Faisal Zaman and Sami Alizai were found guilty of trading votes.

One MPA Meraj Humayun from qaumi watan party (QWP), Khatoon Bibi and Babar Saleem from awami jamhoori itehad (AJI) and last but not the least MPA Wajih-uz-Zaman who joined PTI from PML-N traded their loyalties by selling their votes.

“Everyone knows loyalties are sold in the elections but no institution initiates action against them,” he lamented and added that PTI time and again urged to reform election method for upper house of the parliament which represents the federation.

Khan pressed that we must adopt “direct election system” if we are committed to eradicating such corrupt practices. Making trenchant remarks over prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, he asserted that PM’s mourning of rigged senate elections is laughable.

Khan grieved that PTI’s recommendations for “parliamentary electoral reforms for senate” were ignored by the government during drafting of the election bill 2017.

He lauded and felicitated the party members who didn’t sell their loyalties in the recent senate elections.