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Election Commission rejects Gilani’s plea to block notification of victory

ISLAMABAD ( REPORTBEAT ) : The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected a petition seeking stay of notification of Yousuf Raza Gilani’s victory in the Ali Haider Gilani video scandal case.

A four-member bench of the Election Commission headed by Punjab Member Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi heard Alia Hamza’s plea to stop the notification and disqualify Yousuf Raza Gilani.

The ECP Punjab member asked why the MNAs met Ali Haider Gillani when they clear knew about horse trading trend in the elections over which, PTI lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar told that the video was recorded to expose the corrupt elements in politics.

Meanwhile, ECP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) member suggested to also summon those who met the son of PPP leader.

Maleeka Ali Bukhari said that these people are trying to change the loyalties of our MNAs by offering them money which is a crime.
In the previous hearing on the matter of former premier’s son Ali Haider Gillani’s video scandal, PTI lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar, Parliamentary Leader for Railways Farrukh Habib and member of National Assembly (MNA) Kanwal Shauzab appeared before the commission and recorded their arguments.

Barrister Ali Zafar claimed that rigging was carried out during the Senate polls by using money and party tickets. Evidence of rigging was found a day before the elections, he told.

The member of ECP in Punjab said that PTI lawyer had already provided the transcript of the leaked video. Punjab member asked about making those who were offered money as party in the case over which, Barrister Ali Zafar said that they cannot be made party but the court can call them as witnesses.

It is to be mentioned here that Yousaf Raza Gillani had defeated PTI candidate Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in an upset victory in the Senate elections.

The contest between Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Yousaf Raza Gillani was being described as the most critical contest among the opposition and the government.

Yousaf Raza Gillani secured 169 votes while Abdul Hafeez Shaikh grabbed 164 votes. A total of 7 votes were rejected by the ECP.

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