Senate election 2021 – Ali Haider Gillani caught on camera allegedly buying vote for father


ISLAMABAD –  A video of Ali Haider Gillani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, allegedly telling a lawmaker about how to waste his vote in polling for upper house of the parliament has surfaced on social media.

Yousaf Raza Gilani is in one-to-one contest with Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh for General seat from Islamabad.

It is claimed that Ali Gillani, who is leader of the PPP and member of the Punjab Assembly, was trying to buy the vote in order to ensure the victory of his father.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to take notice of the video. He also called for polling through open ballot.

Meanwhile, Ali Haider Gillani has confirmed the video but rejected an impression of buying the vote, stating that he was asking the PTI legislator to support his father in Senate elections.

I was telling them how to waste their vote in response to their query about what to do if party asks “them to show their votes,” he said.

“I have done nothing wrong. I am satisfied,” he said, adding: “We have never been involved in votes’ trading”.

Ali Haider Gillani further said that several other PTI lawmakers were present when the video was filmed.

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