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PTI minister Sultan Muhammad’s resignation approved by KP CM

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM has approved Law Minister Sultan Muhammad’s resignation over viral video

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Wednesday approved the resignation of Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights Sultan Mohammad Khan after a video showing him and few other PTI lawmakers receiving bribes ahead of the 2018 Senate elections went viral on social media.

Sultan Muhammad Khan submitted his resignation from the provincial cabinet on Tuesday after Prime Minister Imran Khan asked CM Mahmood Khan to remove him from the post over the “leaked” video showing his alleged involvement in horse-trading for Senate votes.

Sultan Muhammad Khan won the 2018 general elections from the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) ticket. After his victory, he was given the ministry of law, parliamentary affairs, and human rights.

In his resignation letter, he offered his support for any inquiry in the investigation of the video and expressed confidence that justice will be done and his name will be cleared. 

“Due to a video that is being circulated on the media in which my name has also cropped up and being mentioned, I feel it is my moral duty and obligation to withdraw from the cabinet and offer my resignation,” he said in the letter.

Responding to the viral video, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM also took to Twitter to assure the highest standards of accountability and transparency in the province.

PTI’s official Twitter handle shared the purported video which shows a number of parliamentarians sitting in front of a table with stacks of money. Now-former Law Minister Sultan Khan, former PTI MPA Sardar Idrees, former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmaker Mohammad Ali Bacha among others can be seen in the video. Former PTI MPA Dina Khan and Meraj Humayun can be seen receiving the money and putting it in a bag in the video.

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Taking to Twitter, PM Imran Khan said that the videos showing the “shameful way” of politicians buying and selling votes in the Senate reflect the destruction of the nation’s morality.

“This is what the PDM [Pakistan Democratic Movement] cabal wants to now protect by supporting a corruption-friendly system. We are determined to stop this cycle of corruption & money laundering that is debilitating the nation,” he said in a series of tweets.

Adviser to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM on Information Kamran Bangash has confirmed that the video will be thoroughly investigated. PM’s aide on Political Communication, Shahbaz Gill, also tweeted that a detailed inquiry will be conducted and a report will be submitted to the concerned authorities.

The video has emerged at a time when Pakistan is preparing to hold its 2021 Senate elections. Addressing a recent press briefing, planning minister Asad Umar asserted that the Imran Khan government would take all possible measures to ensure transparency in the upcoming Senate elections and to end horse-trading in the polling process.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Wednesday approved the resignation of Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights Sultan Muhammad Khan after a video showing him and few other PTI lawmakers receiving bribes ahead of the 2018 Senate elections went viral on social media.

Sultan Khan submitted his resignation from the provincial cabinet on Tuesday after Prime Minister Imran Khan asked CM Mahmood Khan to remove him from the post over the “leaked” video showing his alleged involvement in horse-trading for Senate votes.

Sultan Khan won the 2018 general elections from the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) ticket. After his victory, he was given the ministry of law, parliamentary affairs, and human rights.

In his resignation letter, he offered his support for any inquiry in the investigation of the video and expressed confidence that justice will be done and his name will be cleared. 

“Due to a video that is being circulated on the media in which my name has also cropped up and being mentioned, I feel it is my moral duty and obligation to withdraw from the cabinet and offer my resignation,” he said in the letter.

Responding to the viral video, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM also took to Twitter to assure the highest standards of accountability and transparency in the province.

PTI’s official Twitter handle shared the purported video which shows a number of parliamentarians sitting in front of a table with stacks of money. Now-former Law Minister Sultan Khan, former PTI MPA Sardar Idrees, former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmaker Mohammad Ali Bacha among others can be seen in the video. Former PTI MPA Dina Khan and Meraj Humayun can be seen receiving the money and putting it in a bag in the video.

Taking to Twitter, PM Imran Khan said that the videos showing the “shameful way” of politicians buying and selling votes in the Senate reflect the destruction of the nation’s morality.

“This is what the PDM [Pakistan Democratic Movement] cabal wants to now protect by supporting a corruption-friendly system. We are determined to stop this cycle of corruption & money laundering that is debilitating the nation,” he said in a series of tweets.

Adviser to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM on Information Kamran Bangash has confirmed that the video will be thoroughly investigated. PM’s aide on Political Communication, Shahbaz Gill, also tweeted that a detailed inquiry will be conducted and a report will be submitted to the concerned authorities.

The video has emerged at a time when Pakistan is preparing to hold its 2021 Senate elections. Addressing a recent press briefing, planning minister Asad Umar asserted that the Imran Khan government would take all possible measures to ensure transparency in the upcoming Senate elections and to end horse-trading in the polling process.

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