ECP approached to stop victory notification for Gillani

ECP to conduct hearing of Ali Gillani’s leaked video matter on Thursday

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has filed a petition with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) requesting it not to issue the victory notification for Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Yousaf Raza Gillani, who had defeated Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh on March 3 Senate elections.

The petition was filed by three PTI leaders, including Farrukh Habib, Maleeka Bokhari and Kanwal Shauzab.

The petition sought to halt the issuance of the notification until a probe into the contentious video, showing Gilani’s son Ali Haider Gilani explaining to MPs how to waste their votes, is completed.

Meanwhile, an ECP spokesperson said that the commission will conduct hearing of the issue of leaked video on Thursday.

According to the spokesperson, the commission will also be listening to the matter pointed out by PPP leader Nayyar Bukhari in his application submitted to the ECP regarding the alleged corrupt practices that took place during the recently-held Senate polls.

In a press conference, Ali Gillani had accepted that he was in the leaked video, but denied he was engaging in a deal to buy votes for his father.

“Ali Haider Gillani bribed legislators to vote for his father,” said the petitioners.

They also claimed that PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz, in her speeches, had promises party tickets in the next general elections for MPs if they vote for Gillani.

The petitioners also sought Ali Gillani’s disqualification from the Punjab Assembly.

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