Following allegations by the government of horse-trading among opposition members ahead of the no-confidence vote, a ruling party ally, PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, has stated that this is the “first” no-confidence vote in which “no one is buying or selling votes,” and that such reports were nothing more than “propaganda.”
“Bundles of notes” are being distributed before the no-confidence motion, the PML-Q leader stated in an official statement, citing evidence he has seen published in newspapers and broadcast on television indicating this is the case. He went on to say that even Prime Minister Imran Khan had indicated that “bundles of bills” were being handed in Sindh House.
According to Shujaat, this is the first time that no one is buying or selling votes in a no-confidence motion. “This is pure misinformation,” he stated.
Fawad Chaudhry, the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, had alleged a day earlier that the Sindh House in Islamabad was “now the focal point of horse-trading,” accusing the Opposition of attempting to buy the votes of Members of Parliament.
“There have been reports of large amounts of money being transferred to the Sindh House,” he had claimed, adding that the PPP had stationed police outside the building to accommodate those who had gathered there.
Following the allegations, the Sindh House has become the focal point of attention, with PTI MNA Raja Riaz, who is currently residing there, stating that 24 politicians were staying at the lodge at the time.
The minister’s and Riaz’s accusations had also prompted PTI workers in Islamabad to hold a sit-in outside the Sindh House in protest of the minister’s claims.
After beginning peacefully, the demonstration quickly descended into violence as protestors knocked down the fence and stormed into the Sindh House. Despite the fact that a large number of police officers were stationed outside the lodge, the incident occurred.