ECP should first question Imran over ‘horse-trading’: Sanaullah

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LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Thursday stated that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should first question Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan over horse-trading allegations in the Senate elections.

Rana Sanaullah’s statement comes a day after Imran Khan petitioned ECP in connection with Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s statements and wanted him to prove Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani’s ‘horse-trading’.

Speaking to media on Thursday Sanaullah stated, “Imran Khan in a press conference, commenting on Senate polls himself said that people sold themselves and the money changed hands. He had said that the entire assembly of Balochistan was sold”.

“I think the PM should write to the ECP to call Imran Khan and ask him about what he said earlier over the issue, this is where the issue started from,” he further said.

When questioned about the Senate chairman controversy, the Minister claimed that “the chair was elected by those whose votes were bought…This exercise was handled by the unknown forces with no identity of their own, ” he elaborated.

Earlier on Wednesday, Imran Khan filed a petition in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in connection with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s statements on the recently-concluded Senate election.

In its petition, the PTI demanded the premier substantiate his claims before the commission.

The petition further reads, “The prime minister delivered an ‘alarming’ statement on money being traded in the election of the Senate chairman. The office of the chief executive is the most informed…His statement…is more of a confession than a disclosure.”

The petition asked for the premier to be summoned and claims aired probed. Excerpts from statements were also inserted with the petition.