The Senate Elections 2021 are to be held on Wednesday, 3rd March. On Tuesday, an alleged video of Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son, Ali Haider Gilani emerged, where he was purportedly demonstrating to the lawmakers how to cancel their vote.
As soon as the video surfaced, the ruling government strongly protested against the action. The PTI MNAs demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan to disqualify Yousuf Raza Gilani (one of the most important candidates from the opposition) and for him to prevented from contesting for Senate.
Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry addressed the media on Tuesday night, briefing that he was here to file a reference, but the ECP was closed for the day, hence he will file the petition on Wednesday morning.
Chaudhry also added,
Mr. Chaudhry further explained that the Supreme Court gave clear instructions to the ECP to make use of technology to eradicate horse-trading in Senate Polls. However, the ECP said that it could not change its method in this election. Fawad Chaudhry said now that the video has emerged, it “proves the ECP’s point of view wrong.”
Later, after his address, Chaudhry took to his Twitter to announce that the ECP had taken notice of the video, and that the PTI is happy about it.
Although the science minister did not manage to file his petition on Tuesday, PTI MNAs Farrukh Habib and Kanwal Shauzab managed to submit their writ on that day.
Ali Haider Gilani comments on the video
Ali Haider Gilani in a presser confirmed that it was indeed him in the video, but he was approached by PTI MNAs who told him they wanted to vote for Yousuf Raza Gilani. Haider said that he only told them how to waste their votes, so that this goes in favor of his father.
Haider further requested the ECP to look into this matter and investigate who put those PTI MNAs to the task. He also added that the ruling government has used him as a mule to malign his credibility.
Yousuf Raza Gilani also responded to the allegations against his son, deeming them as “baseless.”