Former PTI MPA accuses Pervez Khattak of Senate horse-trading

Confesses to trading his vote in the last election
Former PTI MPA Ubaidullah Mayar has accused former KP chief minister Pervez Khattak of fixing the last Senate election in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Mayar confirmed that he and other party lawmakers received bribes from Senate candidates in the 2018 election of the upper house. He was speaking on SAMAA TV show Nadeem Malik Live Tuesday. In a video aired on ARY News Monday, Mayar, KP Law Minister Sultan Mohammad Khan and others were seen receiving money ahead of the 2018 Senate election. The video has since gone viral in what is seen as yet another scandal concerning the ruling PTI. “The video that they shared was authentic,” Mayar told anchorperson Nadeem Malik. “The detail of the amount was wrong.” The former lawmaker claimed that each MPA was given Rs10 million. He said “it was the government’s money” and they were delivered the amount at the home of the then KP Assembly speaker. Fida Muhammad Khan, a lesser-known politician from Malakand, gave them the money for their votes, Mayar said. He said that Khattak had recommended his name for the senator’s post. Related: PM Khan removes KP minister for trading his Senate vote “He didn’t belong to the PTI and neither was he a political worker,” Mayar told Nadeem Malik. The PTI expelled Mayar for trading his Senate vote in 2019.

‘Mayar is glamourising himself’

Federal Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul criticized Mayar for lecturing others on morality after “selling his conscience”. “He is glamourising himself and teaching others morality and leveling allegations,” she said, when Malik asked her to comment on the allegations against Khattak. Prime Minister Imran Khan expelled him from the party over his corruption, the minister said.

‘Who are the buyers?’

PML-N Senator Musadik Malik said while the people receiving money are visible in the video, no one is talking about the ones who bought their votes. “Who bought their conscience,” he asked. “We can see the people who are selling it but who are the buyers…we don’t take their names [because] we can’t name them.” There is no denial that these lawmakers sold their votes but many people were blackmailed through NAB cases and “videos”, the PML-N senator said.



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