Committee to probe ‘horse-trading’ video formed

Observer Report

Prime Minister Imran Khan constituted on Thursday a three-member committee to probe the scandalous vote buying video showing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Inasf MPAs allegedly accepting bribes prior to the 2018 Senate elections.

As per the official statement, the prime minister, while taking notice of the video, directed the matter to be probed by a committee consisting of two federal ministers and one of his advisors.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari and PM’s Advisor on Accountability and Interior Mirza Shahzad Akbar have been confirmed as members of the committee.

The committee has been directed to submit a comprehensive report, including recommendations for further actions as required in the domain of electoral and criminal laws, within a month.

A video showing lawmakers allegedly receiving money for voting for the PPP candidates in the 2018 Senate polls whipped up a storm on Tuesday with Prime Minister Imran Khan ordering Khyber Pakhtunkwa chief minister to remove an incumbent provincial minister, Sultan Muhammad Khan.

The video showed a man handing over large sums of money, reportedly Rs20 million, to various KP Assembly lawmakers from the ruling PTI as well as some other parties.
In the video clip, made through a hidden camera, KP incumbent Minister for Law Sultan Muhammad Khan and another person Sardar Idrees could be seen counting the money and signing an undertaking.

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