On the eve of much awaited Senate elections, a video of the former prime minister and joint candidate of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) for the coveted Islamabad seat Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani's son Ali Haider Gilani has surfaced in which he is allegedly telling a PTI lawmaker on how to waste a vote, Express News reported.
In the video, Ali Gillani can be seen telling the lawmaker trick to mark the ballot paper on two places. Sources said that the person seen in the video is a Member of National Assembly (MNA) belonging to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
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Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill, while reacting to the latest development, has said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) must take action of the video, which instantly went viral on social media.
"Yousuf Raza Gillani has no moral justification left to contest the elections. He should immediately withdraw from the elections," he wrote on his official Twitter handle.
It is pertinent to mention that the video was initially shared by the official Twitter handle of the ruling party and its leaders.
ووٹ کو عزت دو کے نعرے لگانے والے کمال ڈھٹائی سے ووٹ کی خریدوفروخت کر رہے ہیں۔ #ہار_چور_ووٹ_چور pic.twitter.com/2wR68dWQCY
— PTI (@PTIofficial) March 2, 2021
Later, during a press conference, Gill said that there cannot be more shameful scenes for any democratic nation than the ones seen in the video.
He said that the son of a former prime minister who was disqualified by the Supreme Court could be seen in the video, trying to make a deal. "The video shows how these mafias use their influence to bend the system," he added.
The PM’s aide demanded that the ECP should declare Yousuf Raza Gillani ineligible to contest the Senate elections. "Our delegation will reach Election Commission soon."
He further said that Yousuf Raza Gillani has lost the moral authority to contest the Senate poll after the video.
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(This story has been published from The Express Tribune feed, without modifications to the text)