The Election Commission of Pakistan has rejected a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) asking it to withhold the victory notification of Senator-elect Yousaf Raza Gillani in the light of a controversial video that involved Gillani’s son.

During the hearing, the election watchdog asked PTI leaders Farrukh Habib and Malaika Bukhari to file their petition again after making amendments to it. The ECP had scheduled the hearing for March 11, but it was rescheduled for today after protests by the PTI leaders.

Speaking after the ECP decision, PTI’s Malaika Bukhari said that the party will file the plea against Gillani on Wednesday after making the necessary changes to it.

On March 2, a video of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani’s son, Ali Haider, surfaced on social media in which he was allegedly instructing parliamentarians on how to waste their vote in the Senate polls. 

On Saturday, two sitting MNAs of the ruling PTI admitted that they were in the leaked video of Ali Gilani, son of Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani in which the former is showing how to waste vote in Senate elections.

The former prime minister won the Senate elections against Abdul Hafeez Sheikh of the ruling PTI from Islamabad the next day which created doubts over the transparency of the elections. Subsequently, the PTI had termed this video as “proof” of pre-poll rigging and urged ECP to take notice of it.


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