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Senate Elections: ECP To Take Up Horse Trading Case Today

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will hear the case pertinent to horse trading in the Senate elections today.
Earlier, the ECP had summoned eight parliamentarians, who aired such allegations, to appear before the ECP along with solid evidences today.On March 06, the ECP had announced that it will probe the allegations of horse-trading in the Senate elections and summoned all the party heads and leaders on March 14, who aired such allegations.
Political party heads and leaders including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar, who levelled the horse- trading allegations, had been asked to appear before the commission with proof on March 14.
Other lawmakers who were served notices include Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Information Minister Murriyum Aurangzeb and Ameer Muqam, as well as MQM-P’s Khawaja Izhar. Pakistan Sarzameen Party’s Raza Haroon was also asked to appear before the commission.The electoral body has asked them to either appear personally or through a lawyer, failing which the commission would take the decision on its own, said a notification. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan had expressed such allegations. In a chat with media persons outside the Accountability Court on Monday, PML-N Quaid and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif stressed it was crucial to get to the bottom of this issue. “This game of money should be buried. This has happened in the past, but this time it was too open and brazen,” he emphasised.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan said members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly also did horse trading.
MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar had announced to challenge the Senate results in the ECP over horse trading. Sattar said he would also approach the Sindh High Court over the matter.