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ISLAMABAD, May 27: Despite losing the general elections on May 11, over 70 former members of the National Assembly have not yet vacated their suites in Parliament Lodges.

According to a National Assembly secretariat official, the legislators were allotted the suites in February 2008.

However, once the tenure of legislators expired, they were supposed to vacate the suites.

The official said most of the 70 members belonged to the PPP, PML-Q and the ANP.

When contacted, an official of the National Assembly secretariat, said: “We cannot share with the media the details of the names of the former legislators who are still holding the residences since it will be a breach of the National Assembly guidelines issued to its officials.”

He also said most of the losers on National Assembly seats from the PPP, ANP and the PML-Q were yet to return the keys of the lodges.

“We do not have the keys of these suites, so we have started breaking their locks after fulfilling all the legal formalities to ensure that they are vacant when the new legislators arrive.”

An official in the administration wing said they had not yet been issued any directions by the National Assembly secretariat relating to the allotment of the suites.An operation has been in progress for the last four days to vacate the rooms from the former legislators on the directions of the senior management of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), he added.

The drive to vacate the suites was being conducted with the support of the Islamabad police in the presence of a magistrate, said the official.

“We are also maintaining an inventory of the items recovered from the suites in the presence of the police and the magistrate,” he added.

There are 359 suites in the Parliament Lodges out of which 82 are currently allotted to the senators. Besides, 80 suites would be retained by those who have won the elections on the National Assembly seats again.

The official maintained that 50 women legislators would also be allotted residences after they joined the National Assembly on reserved seats.

“The new entrants will be allotted suites for the next five years as per the allotment letters which will be issued by the National Assembly,” added an official of the CDA.

Asked to comment on the process of the allotment of the suites - having two bedrooms and a drawing/dining hall - the CDA official said a newly-elected legislator was handed an allotment letter upon his arrival in the lodges.

Comments (11) Closed

haris May 28, 2013 12:37pm

Buhaat hi koi neech Govt. rahi hai inn 5 saaloon mein.

AR May 28, 2013 01:00pm

The last thing which i am interested on this planet.

concerned citizen May 28, 2013 02:49pm

@AR: ok buddy . are you planning to move to one of lodges at NA islamabad?

Agha Ata May 28, 2013 06:38pm

That is lack of civic sense, lack of any sense of duties as a citizen, leave aside as an MNA, lack of interest in the good of the nation, gross carelessness, and no sense of self respect. This is totally and gravely deficient in civility or decency!

anony May 28, 2013 07:06pm

I think I should run in the next general elections too. Getting lodging for free is very attractive. All I need to do is make fake promises to the public, gather the votes and live lavishly in the govt-provided lodges where they have electricity running on generators, while the whole country swelters in the summer heat due to load-shedding. May 29, 2013 12:19am

Send a hefty bill to these Officials who have not vacated their room, because the government incur cost to vacate these rooms. It should also be a lesson to the new comers. If they do not pay, then they would not be able to run for any office in future.

Azhar Ahmed May 29, 2013 12:22am

But The Khazana is khali....they should sleep in one big hall.........Suites ??????

nukhan May 29, 2013 09:10am

these lodges should be turned into schools or health centers, politicians don't deserve these facilties they have done nothing rather drained precious resources.

Ghalib Khan May 29, 2013 10:42am

Why Two Bed Rooms are they on Holidays, yeah sorry they are on heavily paid holidays.

So that is why we are asked to pay taxes as no roads are built and of-course no electricity economy in shambles.

So this what they mean when they say Rich Rulers of a Poor Country

Muhammad Farooq May 29, 2013 11:28am

It is so funny that despite losing their seats they dont want to lose their suites. This is very typical of our politicans they specialize in ripping off the nation.

Muhammad Farooq May 29, 2013 11:28am

It is so funny that despite losing their seats they dont want to lose their suites. This is very typical of our politicans they specialize in ripping off the nation.