ISLAMABAD - After his telephonic conversation with PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Monday accused PPP of being deeply involved in horse-trading in collusion with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F).
Imran Khan also clarified that he had spoken with PPP Chairman Asif Zardari on a one-point agenda: to bring an end to horse-trading in the Senate elections.
Imran Khan in a statement said, "PPP remains opposed to open balloting because it is deeply involved in horse trading alongwith JUI-F (in Upper House elections)."
He also showed his suspicions over the intention of the government to introduce Constitutional amendment to end horse trading in these elections.
Chairman Imran Khan said that horse-trading in the Senate elections was destroying democracy in Pakistan, especially following in the wake of the rigged 2013 general elections.
The PTI chief reminded that it was because of PTI's commitment to ensure transparent and fair elections that it had demanded open balloting for the Senate elections.
"When the PML-N govt showed a readiness to move in this direction, PTI had shown its support and sent its representatives to the APC called for this purpose," he said.
However, he said, it has become evident that the govt's intentions to end horse-trading by bringing in a Constitutional amendment were never sincere and that was also reflected in Nawaz Sharif taking off for Saudi Arabia at this crucial time.
Similarly, he regretted that his efforts to persuade Asif Zardari to oppose horse trading have also failed.
The PPP remains opposed to open balloting because it is deeply involved in horse trading alongwith JUI-F, he added.
He made clear that PTI would in no way support either PPP or PML-N in its undemocratic, corrupt designs for the Senate.
Instead Imran Khan said he himself would lead PTI's efforts to ensure a clean Senate election in KP and expose the horse-trading presently taking place.
He made clear that there was neither any deal nor can there ever be any deal with any party on Senate elections.
He reiterated that his conversation with Asif Zardari was on a one-point agenda of ending horse trading in Senate elections.
In the same vein, PTI's participation in the APC on a Constitutional amendment was also an effort to end horse trading that is going on in the upcoming Senate elections, he added.