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Twenty six lawmakers suspended for failing to declare assets

October 22, 2013


Suspended lawmakers include two senators, three members of NA and 21 members from all four provincial assemblies. – File Photo
Suspended lawmakers include two senators, three members of NA and 21 members from all four provincial assemblies. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday suspended membership of 26 lawmakers after they failed to declare details of their assets and liabilities in the stipulated time.

Those who were suspended from duty include two senators, three members of National Assembly and 21 members from all four provincial assemblies.

Out of 40 facing suspension, 14 lawmakers submitted relevant documents on Tuesday after the Election Commission had extended the deadline by a day on Monday.

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) 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 had decided to wait for another day to fulfill its legal obligation.

According to the notification, following is the list of suspended lawmakers.

Senate: Faisal Raza Abidi and Mustafa Kamal.

National Assembly: Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju (NA-155 Lodhran-II), Shah Jahan Baloch (NA-248 Karachi-X) and Alizeh Iqbal Haider (elected against seat reserved for women).

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP): Muhammad Arif (PK-22 Charsadda-VI), Muhammad Khan Bahadur (PK-23 Mardan-I), Muhammad Zahid Khan Durrani (PK-24 Mardan-II) and Iftikhar Ali Mashwani (PK-26 Mardan-IV), Ziaullah Khan Bangash (PK-38 Kohat-II), Shah Faisal Khan (PK-42 Hangu-I) and Sardar Zahoor Ahmed (PK-53 Mansehra-I).

Sindh: Abdul Rauf Khan Khosa (PS- 18 Kashmore-II - Old Jacobabad-VI), Ghulam Rasool Khan Jatoi (PS-19 Naushero Feroze-I), Syed Fasih 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), Jamil Ahmed Bhurgari (PS-67 Mirpurkhas-cum-Umerkot- Old Mirpur Khas-IV), Saniya (PS-109 Karachi-XXI) and Mukesh Kumar Chawla (elected against a seat reserved for Non-Muslims).

Punjab: Masood Shafqat (PP-189 Okara-V), Ali Abbas (PP-192 Okara- VIII), Waheed Asghar Dogar (PP-224 Sahiwal-V), Abdul Majeed Khan Niazi (PP-262 Layyah-I).

Balochistan: Membership of only one member of Balochistan Assembly elected against seat reserved for women, Dr Shama Ishaq Baloch was suspended also.