FAISALABAD - State Minister for Power Abid Sher Ali on Sunday accused former president and Pakistan People’s Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari of deploying old tactics to ‘poach lawmakers’ from various political parties through political horse-trading.

Speaking to press here, the ruling party leader said Zardari has initiated a sordid campaign to garner support and seats in the upcoming Senate elections. “Zardari has been offering money overwhelmingly to the lawmakers,” Abid Sher Ali claimed.

Deploring change of Balochistan Chief Minister, he said the change intended to weaken PML-N political power. He said a gang of thieves disguising themselves as politicians has been cooking up conspiracy against the PML-N government.

He said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan used Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government helicopter as yellow cab.

The minister slammed Imran Khan’s claims that he did not use Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government-owned helicopters for his personal use, welcoming the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s inquiry into the matter.

Moreover, he lambasted the opponents for joining hands against the ruling party under a malicious campaign. He urged the anti-graft body to probe into corruption allegations on AML chief Sheikh Rasheed and PTI chairman Imran Khan.

Meanwhile, in his statements on Sunday, Abid Sher Ali has said that he will personally hit those people with shoes who are abusing the Parliament. The PML-N leader said that all “thieves” have joined forces against them.

He added that efforts are being made to corner PML-N in the Senate elections. The minister accused PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari of promoting dirty politics via horse-trading. He went on to say that the PML-N could have formed a government in KP but didn’t do it.