PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday warned that if the Senate election on March 5 witnessed horse trading then they would dissolve Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly. He said that PTI is all set for the Senate election.
He expressed these views at a joint press conference with Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq.
What kind of democracy is this where people price their conscience? Khan asked. He said that Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) does politics under the umbrella of Islam. Khan said that PTI would not vote for any Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), JUI-F and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate.
PML-N does politics of money and for money. He said that they have started legal operation against Javed Naseem. PTI chairman said that he cannot sell his conscience for Rs 15crore. He said that they are ready to go to the assembly to vote on open ballots. Khan said that he cannot expose the identity of the person who offered him at least Rs 15 crore for a Senate seat because he is a “sharif insan”.
PTI chief said that he has informed his MPAs that if anybody is found guilty of selling their vote they will be put behind the bars. He added that PTI would take strong action against those selling their conscience for money.
Khan further said that the core committee of PTI will decide day after an action to be taken for the next polls. He went on to say that if PTI comes into power, they would conduct the Senate polls direct through the votes of the people.
He lamented that PPP had awarded tickets to three candidates despite having only five members in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. JUI-F, on the other hand, has fielded two candidates with 17 members. “One candidate needs to have 17 votes to secure the membership of Senate,” he said.
He said that opposition parties in Balochistan were also complaining about votes being bought for the Senate’s election. “Why does not the Election Commissioner take notice of selling and buying of votes? The way election is being contested cannot be described as democracy,” added Khan.
“We have awarded tickets on merit and all of our members are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. If any of our members was found casting vote to any other party or member, he will be expelled from the party.
He said the PML-N staged a constitutional amendment drama to prevent horse trading in the Senate elections. He said the Prime Minister while talking of the constitutional amendment, went to Saudi Arabia and the PTI was conveyed that the coalition partners were not in agreement over the amendment.