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ECP summons PTI KP MPA over being offered money for Senate vote via WhatsApp

MARDAN: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned a PTI lawmaker from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly Abdul Salam Afridi, whose WhatsApp chat of being offered money for selling out his vote ahead of Senate elections with an alleged frontman of a PML-N candidate had surfaced, ARY NEWS reported.

The ECP in its notice said that the MPA has been asked to provide evidence of the offer being made to him for selling out his vote. “Abdul Salam Afridi should appear before the vigilance committee along with the evidence,” it said.

It is pertinent to mention here that a day before the Senate elections, a WhatsApp chat emerged showing how an alleged middle man of a PML-N candidate was trying to buy PTI KP MPA Abdul Salam Afridi.

The WhatsApp messages were sent from a man identified as Adil Shah, an alleged middle man of the PTI Senate candidate Abbas Afridi, to a PTI lawmaker from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly Abdul Salam Afridi.

“My commission will be 50,” the message from the man could be read without mentioning if it was millions or a percentage as he further sent a message that they had already finalized a deal with two of the lawmakers and transferred the amount to them.

Adil Shah further said in the Whatsapp chat that he would get Rs3 million. “The rate was at 6 yesterday, however, the deal is finalized in 8 with two people,” he said without mentioning the entire figures.

The PTI lawmaker responded to him saying that the situation is quite tense and no one is ready to trust anyone. “This could lead to both of us getting disgraced,” he said.

To this, Adil Shah messaged that the PTI lawmaker’s dignity and honour were valuable for him and they would never let it down.

Later talking to the ARY NEWS, PTI MPA Abdul Salam Afridi said that he had already conveyed the matter to the PTI leadership. “The middle man also asked me to meet Abbas Afridi, however, I refused to hold a meeting with him,” the lawmaker said.

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