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PESHAWAR: Taking a stern stance towards horse-trading because the Senate elections strategy close to, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday categorically advised PTI lawmakers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to “leave the party” in the event that they meant to promote their votes.
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The prime minister visited the town in the present day after the PTI suffered an upset within the recently-held Nowshera by-election, the place the PML-N candidate gained from the PTI stronghold.
Stories had emerged that the PTI had misplaced the election attributable to inside celebration rifts as Defence Minister Pervez Khattak’s brother had reportedly been miffed with the celebration management after his son was not given the ticket to contest the election.
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A decision backing the celebration’s Senate candidates was handed with consensus throughout the assembly, mentioned Particular Assistant to the Chief Minister on Info, Kamran Bangash.
He mentioned that the prime minister was briefed intimately concerning the celebration’s latest loss within the Nowshera by-election, claiming that the PML-N had adopted “modern methods” to rig the polls.
“There is a difference of 6,000-7,000 in forms 45 and 46,” alleged Bangash, including that the PML-N had introduced in specialists to rig the polls.
He mentioned that the prime minister had been advised that the celebration intends to maneuver the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) relating to the election’s outcomes, including that the PTI will get the profitable candidate, Ikhtiyar Wali, disqualified.
“We will never let the people’s mandate be stolen,” he mentioned.
Sources confirmed that 20 lawmakers– 14 MNAs and 6 MPAs– remained absent from the assembly chaired by the prime minister.
The lawmakers didn’t attend the assembly attributable to preoccupations and numerous different causes, mentioned the sources.
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Through the assembly, the prime minister categorically advised lawmakers that whoever needed to promote his/her vote within the upcoming Senate elections ought to depart the celebration.
“Everyone gets to know about the MPA who sells his/her vote,” he reportedly mentioned.
The prime minister spoke concerning the earlier Senate elections, saying that some MPAs of the celebration had then offered their votes for cash, including that he had dismissed them from the celebration after discovering out about it.
“The Opposition is afraid that the PTI will secure a majority in the Senate,” he was quoted as saying by sources.
The prime minister recalled throughout the assembly that his celebration had at all times campaigned for clear elections, including that the federal government has, in the identical spirit, supported the demand for open balloting within the Senate elections.
Talking on the Daska by-election, the prime minister reportedly mentioned that the PTI candidate ought to request repolling for polling stations in NA-75.