PM underlines the need for ensuring transparency in Senate polls
Nawaz Sharif says we have a joint obligation to check corrupt practice of buying votes with money.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has called upon parliamentary leaders to play role in stopping horse-trading before the upcoming Senate elections.
Addressing a meeting with Parliamentary leaders in Islamabad on Friday, he said we have a joint obligation to check this corrupt practice of buying votes with money and ensure sanctity of the Upper House.
The Prime Minister strongly condemned horse-trading and termed it an act of disgrace for all parliamentarians.
He said some people without any party affiliation want to contest the Senate election on the basis of money.
Nawaz Sharif said this is not about buying votes, but about buying a parliamentarian's conscience.
He mentioned media reports about the use of money before the Senate election and said all political parties need to work together to stop this practice.
The meeting was included Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah; former Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf; MQM's Dr. Farooq Sattar, PTI's Shafqat Mahmood, Dr. Arif Alvi and Shireen Mazari; JUI(F)'s Maulana Fazal ur Rehman, PML(F)'s Pir Sadruddin Shah, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party's Senator Abdul Rauf, Jamaat-e-Islami's Sahibzada Tariqullah; Awami National Party's Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and Mian Iftikhar; PML(Zia)'s Muhammad Ijaz Ul Haq, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao of Qaumi Watan Party, Dr Ghazi Gulab Jamal and Abbas Khan Afridi from FATA; and Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and Ayub Malik of National Party NP.
Federal Ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Abdul Qadir Baloch, and Anusha Rehman were present.