The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has dismissed a petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Fahim Khan against a case of corrupt practice registered against him by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for his alleged involvement in the selling and buying of votes in the Senate election.
Earlier, the ECP had dismissed the PTI lawmakers’ petition to disqualify Senator Yousuf Raza Gilani over “corrupt practices” and ordered the registration of a criminal case against PPP MPA Ali Haider Gilani and PTI MPAs Captain (R) Jamil Ahmed Khan and Fahim Khan in the Senate election video scandal.
The petition was filed on the basis of a leaked audio clip, allegedly of Sindh Minister Nasir Hussain Shah bargaining with four PTI lawmakers for their votes in the Senate elections and a video of Ali in which he appears to be showing some PTI MNAs techniques on how to waste their votes.
During the hearing of the case today, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah declared the decision of the commission’s action to be correct and dismissed the petition, besides ordering that action should be taken against the other PTI lawmaker as well.
He, however, remarked that the ECP has not given any finding and passed an appropriate order.