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Will end corrupt practices in Senate elections, says PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has asserted that the government was making all-out efforts to stop horse-trading and buying of votes in the upcoming elections of the upper house of the parliament.

While interacting with journalists during his visit to Punjab’s Sahiwal district on Friday, he said, “Apart from moving the court, we are set to introduce a constitutional amendment in the National Assembly for the open ballot in the Senate polls.”

“We don’t have two-thirds majority in the Parliament but still we are presenting a bill so that the nation should know who is working to eliminate corruption and who is involved in it,” the premier added.

PM Imran also claimed that he knew the name of a political leader who is arranging funds for horse-trading. He pointed out that if senators were elected through the money they would not work for the welfare of the people rather they would only gain illegal benefits.

Responding to a question about the foreign funding case, Imran Khan said it is our desire that the case reaches a logical conclusion. “There should be scrutiny of the funds of all political parties,” he concluded.

The Prime Minister also criticized the chief of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Fazlur Rehman, saying that calling him ‘Maulana’ is a disgrace to the religious scholars.

The premier further said that the 11-party opposition alliance was destined to fail. “All dacoits are trying to blackmail me to get National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO),” he reiterated.