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ECP waits for another day; 40 lawmakers face suspension

October 21, 2013

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Fate of 3 senators, 9 MNAs, 8 Punjab MPAs, 9 from Sindh, 10 from KP and one from Balochistan will be decided on Tuesday. – File Photo
Fate of 3 senators, 9 MNAs, 8 Punjab MPAs, 9 from Sindh, 10 from KP and one from Balochistan will be decided on Tuesday. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Despite repeated reminders by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), as many as 40 parliamentarians have not yet submitted annual details of assets and liabilities of themselves and their family members.

Under the relevant laws, every member of the parliament and provincial assemblies has to submit detail of their assets and liabilities by September 30 every year.

The commission after receiving the details waits for another 15 days (October 15 every year) to compile the report and suspend the membership of all those who fail to submit the details within the stipulated time.

Since there were Eid holidays till October 20, the action against stated parliamentarians was expected on October 21. However, the commission has decided to wait for another day to fulfill its legal obligation and issuance of notification for suspension of membership is now expected on Tuesday.

These members of parliament include three Senators, nine members of National assembly (MNAs), eight members of provincial assembly (MPAs) from Punjab, nine MPAs from Sindh, 10 MPAs from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and a MPA from Balochistan.

All the Senators, who have not submitted the detail of their assets and liabilities, belong to Sindh – two of them were elected on general seats and one on a seat reserved for Ulema and technocrats.

Members elected on general seats are Syed Faisal Raza Abidi and Syed Mustafa Kamal, while Rehman Malik was elected on the seat reserved for Ulema and technocrats.

According to the ECP statement, the MNAs who are yet to submit details of their assets and liabilities, are Nasir Khan Khattak (NA-15 Karak), Engr Dawar Khan Kundi (NA-25 D.I.Khan-cum-Tank), Muhammad Nazir Khan (NA-40 Tribal Area-V), Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju (NA-155 Lodhran-II), Sardar Kamal Khan Chang (NA-224 Badin-cum-Tando Muhammad Khan-I- Old Badin-I), Sohail Mansoor Khawaja (NA-240 Karachi-II), Shah Jahan Baloch (NA-248 Karachi-X), Maulvi Agha Muhammad (NA-261 Pishin-cum-Ziarat), and Alizeh Iqbal Haider - elected against seat reserved for women.

Members from Punjab Assembly, who are yet to submit the details of assets and liabilities, include Najeebullah Khan (PP-48 Bhakkar- II), Ch. Muhammad Asadullah (PP-106 Hafizabad-II), Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed (PP-151 Lahore-XV), Malik Ghulam Habib Awan (PP-158 Lahore- XXII), Masood Shafqat (PP-189 Okara-V), Ali Abbas (PP-192 Okara- VIII), Waheed Asghar Dogar (PP-224 Sahiwal-V), and Abdul Majeed Khan Niazi (PP-262 Layyah-I).

From Sindh Assembly, nine members who have not submitted the details of assets and liabilities are Abdul Rauf Khan Khosa (PS- 18 Kashmore-II - Old Jacobabad-VI), Ghulam Rasool Khan Jatoi (PS-19 Naushero Feroze-I), Syed Faseeh Ahmed Shah (PS-26 Shaheed Benazir Abad-III - Old Nawabshah-III), Muhammad Ali Bhutto (PS-37 Larkana- III), Aziz Ahmed Jatoi (PS-41 Larkana-cum-Kambar Shahdadkot (II) Old Larkana-VII), Bashir Ahmed Halipoto (PS-55 Badin-cum-T.M.Khan (I) Old Badin-I), Jameel Ahmed Bhurgari (PS-67 Mirpurkhas-cum-Umerkot- Old Mirpur Khas-IV), Saniya (PS-109 Karachi-XXI), and Mukesh Kumar Chawla who was elected against a seat reserved for Non-Muslims.

Maximum members (10) who have not yet submitted the detail of assets and liabilities are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and include Fazal Shakoor Khan (PK-17 Charsadda-I), Muhammad Arif (PK-22 Charsadda-VI), Muhammad Khan Bahadur (PK-23 Mardan-I), Muhammad Zahid Khan Durrani (PK-24 Mardan-II), Iftikhar Ali Mashwani (PK-26 Mardan-IV), Ziaullah Khan Bangash (PK-38 Kohat-II), Shah Faisal Khan (PK-42 Hangu-I), Sardar Zahoor Ahmed (PK-53 Mansehra-I), Abdul Sattar Khan (PK-63 Kohistan-III), and Javed Akbar Khan (PK-68 D.I.Khan-V).

From Balochistan, only one member elected against seat reserved for women Dr Shama Ishaq Baloch has not yet submitted the details of assets and liabilities.