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“Horse Trading” in Senate polls, PTI expels 20 lawmakers

Islamabad: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan has announced to expell 20 of his lawmakers for selling their loyalties in the Senate elections. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, Imran said that show-cause notices will be issued to the lawmakers who “sold their loyalties in the Senate elections”, adding that their names will be given to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Pak News reported. According to Imran Khan, he will felicitate the party members who didn’t sell their loyalties in the elections. “Everyone knows loyalties are sold in elections but no institution initiates action against those involved. We will send the names of these members to NAB for an investigation if they won’t respond to the show-cause notices,” he added.

PTI chief “said according to an internal probe, up to Rs40 million were offered to buy their votes in the Senate election, By furnishing explanation in response to show-cause notices, the members can avoid being expelled from the party, he added. The party later took to Twitter to name all those found involved in ‘horse-trading’.

The list obtained by “Pak News” the names of these members are: Nargis Ali, Deena Naz, Nagina Khan, Fouzia Bibi, Naseem Hayat, Sardar Idrees, Ubaid mayar, Zahid Durrani, Abdul Haq, Qurban Khan, Amjad Afridi, Arif Yousaf, Javed Nasim, Yasin Khalil, Faisal Zaman, Sami Alizai, Meraj Humayon, Khatoon Bibi, Babar Saleem and Waji U Zaman. An investigation report, carried out internally in the PTI, regarding ‘horse-trading’ in last month’s Senate polls was presented to Imran Khan in morning.

The Chairman PTI had publically stated that K-P lawmakers affiliated with the party had sold votes in the Senate elections. He constituted a committee to probe the matter and announced that strict action would be taken against such individuals..

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