Video scam probe committee summons DGs of IB, FIA for further evidence

Investigation committee declares that the video was genuine and no evidence of forgery was found

ISLAMABAD: The cabinet committee formed on the directive of Prime Minister Imran Khan to probe into the alleged vote-trading video during Senate elections has summoned the director-generals (DGs) of two major investigation agencies of the country – Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) – for a hearing.

Pakistan Today learned that a meeting of the cabinet committee was held on the directive of the premier, in which private media anchorperson Arshad Sharif appeared before the committee.

The vote-selling video had been released by Arshad Sharif.

The investigation committee declared that the video was genuine and no evidence of forgery was found, so there was no need to forensically analyse the video. 

The committee has also decided to summon the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) representative of the Special Branch. The record will be submitted to the video committee.

Earlier, the first meeting of the investigation committee on the video scandal was held on February 13, in which Fawad Chaudhry, Shireen Mazari and Shehzad Akbar attended.

At the meeting, the committee decided to invite the journalist who released the video to the meeting and said that those who have preliminary information about the video will also be called. Those who have the information will inform the committee in person or in writing.

It may be recalled that Prime Minister Imran Khan had constituted a three-member committee to probe the video of MPAs in the 2018 Senate elections.  The FIA ​​will also make recommendations on sending anti-corruption.

It should be noted that in the 2018 Senate elections, a video came out regarding the purchase of 20 PTI Members of Provincial Assembly (MPAs) of KP. In the video, the MPAs could be seen counting notes and putting them in bags. The PTI had expelled all the 20 vote-selling members from the party after an investigation in the year 2018.

Mian Abrar
Mian Abrar
The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He tweets as @mian_abrar and also can be reached at [email protected]

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