ECP seeks Gilani's response in disqualification case by April 5



The Election Commission (ECP) on Monday sought Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Yousuf Raza Gilani's response in the Senate disqualification case.

A four-member bench led by ECP's Punjab member Altaf Qureshi heard the case. The counsels for Yousuf Raza and Ali Haider Gilani appeared before the authority.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) submitted an amended plea wherein it named the MNAs seen in the controversial video with Ali Haider Gilani as witnesses.

ECP observed that the directions of the electoral authority were not followed in the case.

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Speaking on behalf of PTI, Malika Bukhari said that it was ECP's responsibility to maintain transparency in the electoral process.

She said that the commission may investigate whether there was another lawmaker in the video, saying PTI has already provided the names of the people it knew.

Bukhari added that it is up to ECP to identify the names of members who were offered money [against their Senate seats].

Qureshi commented that ECP will consider in the case only the two members whom the PTI has made party in the case. He noted that the faces of those holding the conversation in the video are unclear.

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Subsequently, the commission made the amended plea by PTI a part of the case. However, the PML-N counsels objected at the same.

The counsel Malik Javed implored that there was no allegation on Yousuf Raza Gilani, and that he will furnish arguments on the petition being non-maintainable.

At this, ECP asked the counsel to submit his statement in written in his response, at which the counsels sought more time.

The authority adjourned the hearing in the case till April 5.

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