- Sheikh Rasheed said PM Imran Khan knew about 17 members of the treasury board who voted against the government in a Senate poll.
- It said of the 17 members, 13 took money from the Opposition and sold their votes.
- Condemn the clashes between PTI workers and PML-N leaders.
ISLAMABAD: Home Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Monday claimed that there were 17 members of the treasury board who voted against the government during the Senate elections, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan knew their names.
In an interview with a private news channel, the interior minister claimed that, as expected, vote buying took place before the Senate election and out of 17 members, 13 took money. [from the Opposition] to vote against the government.
Sheikh Rasheed also condemned clashes between PTI workers and PML-N leaders in Islamabad a few days ago.
While condemning the clashes, Sheikh Rasheed added that PML-N workers were supposed to hold a press conference at the designated location. [to avoid such untoward incidents].
When the government and its allied lawmakers gathered in the National Assembly on March 6 for a vote of confidence for Prime Minister Imran Khan, PTI workers who were present outside the National Assembly clashed with PML-N workers who had arrived there for the press conference.
When the PML-N leaders started speaking, they were surrounded by an angry crowd, who tried to drown them with slogans in favor of the prime minister and the ruling party.
Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Musaddiq Malik, Miftah Ismail, Ahsan Iqbal and Marriyum Aurangzeb criticized the PTI government and Prime Minister Imran Khan, calling him ‘fascist’ and comparing him to Hitler.
Meanwhile, PTI supporters carrying pro-Imran banners surrounded PML-N leaders and began flying slogans aloud in an attempt to mute their voices.
The situation got worse when politicians and PTI supporters started shoving each other and exchanging harsh words.
TV footage showed Musaddiq Malik being hit in the back, after which he and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chased the man who encouraged them to counterattack.
A Peshawari chappal was thrown at Ahsan Iqbal as he stood on stage and shouted slogans criticizing the government. The police, meanwhile, are nowhere to be seen.
Later, PML-N leaders regrouped and blamed the government for the situation.
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