The Prime Minister Imran Khan has regretted that the selling and purchasing of votes in the polls of upper house is continuing over the last three decades. He said that malpractices in the Senate elections is negation of democracy.
According to media reports, the Prime Minister has expressed these views while talking to the media person at Kallar Syedan Tehsil of Rawalpindi on Wednesday.
On the occasion, the Prime Minister has said that the political parties which remained in power during this period did not make any attempt to stop these corrupt practices as this money also goes to the top leadership. He disclosed that several offers were also made to him in the past for the Senate seat.
Imran Khan further stated that at present a rate of five to seven million rupees is being offered in Balochistan to secure a Senate seat. He wondered how these representatives that make their way to the house through illegal means can serve the people.
The Premier recalled that it was he who expelled his twenty MPAs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for their involvement in the horse trading in the previous Senate elections.
He pointed out that both the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had made a commitment in the Charter of Democracy to hold the Senate elections through an open ballot. He questioned as to why they are backtracking from their commitment.