PTI MNA Nusrat Wahid claims PPP allegedly offered her money in exchange for her vote against PM Khan in the no-confidence motion. Pertinent to mention Nusrat Wahid was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of PTI on a reserved seat for women from Sindh in the 2018 general election.
Nusrat Wahid made the statements in an interview for a private media portal. She also made the claims during a press conference.
This is an interesting revelation as several PTI MNAs broke ranks and moved to the Sindh House which is being dubbed as a hub for ‘horse-trading’. The PTI government claimed that the Opposition “bought out” several PTI MNAs.
However, the dissident MNAs resolutely maintain that they did not accept any money from the Opposition. Moreover, they said they stayed at the Sindh House as a “precautionary measure”.
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Taking note of this, Nusrat Wahid said she knows for a fact the Opposition offered them money because PPP offered to buy her vote as well.
“I myself received an offer so I know they[PTI MNAs] are sell-outs,” Nusrat Wahid said. Interestingly, she also debunked the MNAs’ claims that they did not receive any funds from PTI. To clarify, the dissident MNAs had talked about the reasons for going against PM Khan, including inflation etc.
“The men received unlimited funds. Only female candidates of reserved seats did not get any,” Nusrat Wahid said. She then said that PPP offered her to sell her vote twice. Once for “Rs. 14 crores”, and the other time for “Rs. 16 crores”. However, she refused to name PPP members who offered the money.
“پیپلزپارٹی کے ایک سندھ کےصاحب ہیں اورایک پنجاب کے جنہوں نے مجھے 16-16کروڑ کی آفر کی۔ 2009سےتحریک انصاف کاحصہ ہوں، میراسیاسی جنم یہیں ہوا اور وفات بھی یہیں ہوگی۔یہ لوگ سندھ سے گاڑیوں میں بھر بھر کے پیسےلےکرگۓہیں،سندھ کے عوام کا پیسہ،ٹیکس پئیرکاپیسہ”۔ رکن قومی اسمبلی @nusratb019 pic.twitter.com/RQt1MV7IFB
— PTI Karachi Official (@PTI_KHI) March 17, 2022
How much money did MNAs allegedly receive?
While addressing a recent rally in Swat, PM Khan said PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Co-Chairman Asif Zardari brought a huge amount of money to Sindh House.
He said that Rs200 million was being offered to buy the conscience [of a lawmaker] and posed a question to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) if it was permissible in democracy. Additionally, a list is also circulating on social media revealing the amount of money allegedly received by the MNAs.
میری انفارمیشن کیمطابق وزیراعظم عمران خان کو پیش کردہ انٹیلیجنس رپورٹ
— Adil Raja (@soldierspeaks) March 17, 2022