ISLAMABAD    -    The opposition Pakistan Tehreek- e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday filed a reference with the Senate chairman, seeking disqualification of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) stalwart Senator Yousaf Raza Gilani on charges of violating Toshakhana (state treasury) rules while he had held office of the prime minister. Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani would take a final decision on sending the reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for further action. The reference says that former prime minister Gilani, during his days in power, had relaxed the rules to allow former president Asif Ali Zardari and ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif to get three and one luxury official vehicles respectively against tiny payments. The opposition PTI has filed the reference against Senator Gilani at a time, when the ruling coalition has accused the PTI chief Imran Khan for selling costly gifts of Toshakhana, received from the foreign dignitaries during his stint as the prime minister of the country. The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Dr Shahzad Waseem and other PTI lawmakers including Azam Swati and Saifullah Khan Nyazee submitted the reference to the Senate chairman in the latter’s office. Senator Swati told reporters that they had submitted a ‘big’ reference as ex-premier Gilani allegedly violated the rules of Toshakhana by giving three vehicles to Asif Zardari and one to Nawaz Sharif. He added that the former president Asif Zardari only paid 15 percent of the total value of three vehicles including two BMW and one Toyota Lexus cars. He further said that the Saudi government had gifted a Mercedes car to Nawaz Sharif in 1997 when he was the prime minister. In 2008, the then prime minister Gilani gave it to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo for some negligible amount, he added. Senator Swati underlined that this was a violation of Toshakhana Rule number 11.”The Senate chairman will soon send this reference to the Election Commission,” he hoped. He concluded that PTI would prove that Gilani had misused his powers, so he can no longer continue as a member of the Senate