PESHAWAR - Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday warned of dissolving the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, if any attempt was made to buy PTI provincial lawmakers for the Senate elections. “We will go to any extent, including dissolving the KP Assembly, if PTI lawmakers sell their votes in Senate polls,” he told a news conference after holding a meeting with the party MPAs here.

In this regard, he said the party core committee meeting will be convened today (Thursday) after completion of Senate elections in which the party will decide future course of action or strategy.  

The PTI chief said that buying and selling of votes would defame democracy, particularly politicians, which were elected through the votes of people.

He said the practice of selling of MPAs’ votes has been continued for the last three decades. He vowed that they would go to any extent to stop horse-trading in the upcoming Senate’s elections.

Imran Khan lamented that PPP had awarded tickets to three candidates despite having only five members in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. JUI-F, on the other hand, has fielded two candidates with 17 members. “One candidate needs to have 17 votes to secure the membership of Senate,” he said.

He questioned that what kind of yardstick the PPP has to win the three seats from this province. He said that opposition parties in Balochistan were also complaining about votes being bought for the Senate’s election.

Flanked by PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Quershi, General Secretary Jahangir Tareen, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, JI Central Ameer Sirajul Haq, MPAs, ministers and others, PTI chief accused various party leaders of making money in the Senate elections. “I have much doubt about main parties’ leaders as they were involved in horse-trading in the polls. Is it democracy,” he asked the Election Commission.

“Why does not the Election Commissioner takes notice of selling and buying of votes? The way election is being contested cannot be described as democracy,” he added. “We have awarded tickets on merit and all of our members are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. If any of our member was found casting vote to any other party or member, he will be expelled from the party,” he warned. “Our members will only vote for own candidates or allied parties,” he added.

To a question about awarding ticket to Awami Jahmoor Ittehad member, Liaqat Khan Tarkai, he said that he has delivered and is also an ally of PTI, therefore, the party has awarded him the ticket. “We want to send those people who know well about governance and take issues of the province seriously,” he maintained.  

The PTI chief said that Nawaz Sharif had introduced the politics of horse-trading in the country. He urged the nation to stand against the practice. He said that the time has come to take staunch stance to block way of buying and selling of votes in the Senate elections.

“Our members will not vote to statuesque parties in the Senate elections. “We want transparency in the elections,” he added. He reminded that he held a three month long sit-in in federal capital against alleged rigging in last general elections in 2013. He suggested the Senate elections should be held directly or openly to ensure transparency and fairness in the electoral exercise.

Regarding the 22nd constitutional amendments, PTI chief said his party has strongly supported the proposal to ensure transparency in the Senate elections.

Replying to a question, Imran Khan said that he would not reveal the name of person who offered him Rs150 million donations for Shaukat Khanum Hospital in return for a Senate seat. “He is not a bad man. He made the offer because he knows as this is a norm for elections of Senate,” he explained.