Aamir Liaquat Hussain has once again been wrapped up in yet another conspiracy. The Member of National Assembly has openly voiced dissent for his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government and now he’s being accused of ‘betraying’ his party in the Senate Elections 2021.
Some PTI supporters took to social media to brew a conspiracy that PTI MNA allegedly did not vote for Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh in the recent Senate elections. Meanwhile, some reports suggest that Liaquat’s vote might have been rejected.
Crore pati ban gaey aaj aap bhee, haey haey mazay….
— Nadeem Ahmed (@Headstonedrive) March 3, 2021
But you said at every forum that you’d not, so means you’ve casted for Gilani?
— Nav! (@paracha28) March 3, 2021
— Aི,Hིaིnིaིnི,bིhིaིtིtིiི (@SahirHanan) March 3, 2021
Just posted the ✋
— Qaiser sheraz (@ppakistanfirst) March 3, 2021
Shakal manfqaan Kartoot kafraan
— Muhammad Azeem🔴 (@azeem636) March 3, 2021
Some even went as far as to threaten him.
— M. Fahim Malik (finn) (@iamfahimmalik) March 2, 2021
The fact that Aamir Liaquat had announced that he would not vote for Hafeez Sheikh in the Senate polls, last month only fueled the flame. The MNA had asserted that he was ‘not a member of the party’.
“First he [Hafeez Sheikh] should join the party and spend some time and then run for Senatorship,” Liaquat had said.
Yet on the day of the actual Senate elections, the Aalim Online host stood by his party. In a television show ‘NewsEye‘, the television presenter said he met PM Khan before casting his vote. He claimed the PM didn’t say anything to him but his face was saying,
“Amir, you must not leave me. … That was the moment when Amir Liaquat decided not to leave his leader alone. I did vote for Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Ali Zaidi was with me,”
ووٹ ڈالنے سے پہلے خان صاحب سے ملا تھا انہوں نے مجھ کچھ کہا نہیں لیکن چہرہ کہہ رہا تھا "عامر تم نے میرا ساتھ نہیں چھوڑنا ہے" اور بس یہی وہ لمحہ تھا جس نے عامر لیاقت کو اپنے لیڈر کو تنہا نہ چھوڑنے کا فیصلہ سنا دیا اور میں نے عبدالحفیظ شیخ ہی کو ووٹ دیا, علی زیدی بھائی ساتھ تھے pic.twitter.com/A4YvICSK2Z
— Aamir Liaquat Husain (@AamirLiaquat) March 5, 2021
However, some PTI loyalists and supports on social media are not ready to spare Liaquat. They suspect that he might have not voted for Sheikh and betrayed PM Imran and PTI.
Aamir Liaquat Responds to the Accusations
The PTI MNA was not about to just stand the rumors being spread against him and took to Twitter to clap back. Aamir Liaquat addressed all the trolls and said,
“Stop this nonsense! You are trolling your own member in PTI. Did your parents not teach you how to read and write that you are cursing your dedicated supporters of Khan sahab [PM Imran]?”
اور نازک بھی اس لیے کہ ہرجاہل یہ سمجھ رہا ہے کہ میں نے حفیظ شیخ کو ووٹ نہیں دیا میں جہلا کو جواب دہ نہیں پارٹی چیئرمین کو جواب دہ ہوں اور انہیں معلوم ہے کہ میں نے حفیظ شیخ کو ووٹ دیا… بعد میں یہی ٹوئٹر کے ٹیوٹر معافیاں مانگیں گے کچھ ہی دن میں سب نام سامنے آجائیں گے https://t.co/9nMiSC65D5
— Aamir Liaquat Husain (@AamirLiaquat) March 4, 2021
He added that he is not accountable to anyone but his party chairman. He even asserted the same people accusing him will soon apologize.
“…I am not answerable to ignorants. I am only answerable to the party chairman and he knows that I voted for Hafeez Sheikh. Later, the same tutors of Twitter will see apologies. In a few days, all names will be revealed.”
A Lost Vote
Although Aamir Liaquat asserts he voted for Hafeez Sheikh, his vote might not have mattered at all. The MNA’s vote may have been rejected by the Election Commission.
During his appearance on NewsEye, the Ramzan show host said he ticked the box with the PTI candidate’s name on the ballot paper.
However, PTI’s Kanwal Shauzab, who was responsible for training PTI members on how to accurately cast votes, disagrees with Aamir Liaquat. In his appearance on Samaa TV, he said lawmakers were supposed to mark their choice with an ‘I’.
“It’s very simple. You have to write I in the box of the candidate you want to vote for. There are no stamps, no signatures, or anything else. You have to write I with a ballpoint pen,” Shauzab said.