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Lawmakers declare assets

November 17, 2003

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 16: The statements of assets and liabilities submitted by parliamentarians to the Election Commission show unprecedented accumulation of wealth in a few hands, with almost all lawmakers, even those residing in urban centres, found owning hundreds of acres of agricultural land.

According to a 3,667-page gazette notification issued by the EC here on Saturday, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has given no details of his assets, but chose to state instead that no change had taken place in the declaration of assets as filed on Aug 24, 2002. The previous statement is not annexed with the new declaration.

The prime minister has shown his total bank balance to be Rs343,583 in NBP, PM secretariat branch.

Senator Azam Khan Swati, who was elected as an independent candidate, is the richest parliamentarian in the country. He owns assets worth over Rs3 billion. He claims to have business in America.

On the other hand, Dr Sher Afgan of PPP Patriots appears to be the ‘poorest’ lawmaker who virtually own no assets, and has shown bank balance of a mere Rs500.

Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Elahi has shown his assets to be worth Rs88.85 million. His cousin and chief of the ruling PML-Q, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, who some believe heads the second richest family in the country with a huge industrial empire, has declared that his assets are worth Rs68 million, including cash in hand of Rs50.6 million.

There is no mention of his shares in Punjab Sugar Mills, Phalia Sugar Mills, and Modern Embroidery and Textile Mills and other industrial concerns of Chaudhry brothers.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Muhammad Yousaf owns assets worth Rs216.7 million.

Commerce Minister Humayun Akthar Khan has declared properties worth Rs140 million. He has not given details of his business, and only declared agricultural property in district Toba Tek Singh and district Sheikhupura.

Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has declared assets worth Rs128.34 million, including assets of his wife Nasreen Mehmood Kasuri. His family runs a school chain in the country.

PML-N acting president Javed Hashmi, who was arrested recently, has shown assets valued at Rs67.4 million.

Sindh Chief Minister Ali Muhammad Khan Maher has declared Rs55.56 million worth of assets.

Syed Safwanullah, MQM MNA, owns 200 acres of agricultural land worth Rs50 million, besides other properties valued at Rs1 million.

Education Minister Zobaida Jalal has declared assets worth Rs40.2 million. Her properties include 15 plots in different housing schemes in Balochistan, and 150 acres of agricultural land, gifted by her husband. She also has 70 tolas of gold — 40 tolas gifted by her parents, and 30 tolas by her husband.

Ijazul Haq, son of the late military ruler Gen Ziaul Haq, has declared assets worth Rs40 million. His properties include F/7 1 Islamabad House, worth Rs20 million, one kanal plot in Lahore, and share in undivided ‘inherited’ property from parents.

The inherited property includes 25 acres of agricultural land in Mianwali, 143 acres of agricultural land in Sheikhupura, 2.7 kanal on Allah Din road, Lahore, four kanal plot and a house at Westridge Housing Scheme, Charing Cross Rawalpindi; House No 104, sector E-7 Islamabad, (beneficial owner) Zain Zia, and house No 146-B Murree Road, Rawalpindi.

Labour Minister Abdul Sattar Laleka has declared 572 acres of agricultural land in his own and his dependent’s name. His non-agricultural assets include 8 kanal, 12 marla house at Haroonabad, 30 shops in Al-Sattar Market, Haroonabad.

PPP general-secretary Raja Pervez Ashraf has shown his total assets to be worth Rs30.2 million.

Defence Minister Rao Sikandar Iqbal has declared assets valued at Rs30 million in the form of agricultural land, shares in Liberty Market, Faisalabad, shares in Mazhar Cotton Factory, Okara, shares in Sanam Cinema, Okara, and shares in Ilyas Cold Storage, Depalpur.

Hamid Yar Hiraj, a PPP defector and Minister of State for Information Technology, has indicated Rs27m worth of assets.

Former president Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari has declared his assets to be worth Rs26 million. His son Awais Khan Leghari has declared assets worth Rs12 million.

Sardar Nasrullah Khan Drashek has declared his assets, including agricultural land and ancestral property, worth Rs25 million.

Syed Tasneem Nawaz Gardezi, PML MNA from Bahawalpur, has declared Rs23 million in assets.

National Assembly Speaker Choudhary Amir Hussain in his statement of assets has shown Rs21.4 million.

Agriculture Minister Yar Mohammad Rind owns agricultural land of 13,500 acres. The property is valued at Rs20 million.

NWFP Chief Minister Muhammad Akram Khan Durrani has shown his assets to be valued at Rs19.4 million,

Water and Power Minister Aftab Sherpao has shown his total assets to be worth Rs14.6 million.

Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has declared his assets worth Rs9.1 million. He owns three houses in Karachi. He has not declared his Farm House in Islamabad.

National Assembly’s Depty Speaker Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob has declared his assets to be worth Rs6.65 million.

Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has declared assets worth Rs6.6 million. Details of his properties are as follows:

Factory in I-10/3 Islamabad (incomplete) valued at Rs800,000; Al-Rashid Market, D 267, Rawalpindi, Rs10,50,000. Share in House D-268, Rawalpindi,inherited; share in Prop Changa Manga, inherited; agricultural land in village Rama Teh Fateh Jhang, Rs38,28,000; and farm house and shed, and tractor trolley Rs9,72,500.

Industries Minister Liaquat Ali Jatoi has declared property worth Rs6.5 million. Railways Minister Ghous Baksh Mahar has declared assets of the same amount.

Amir Muqam of Shanglapar is the richest MMA MNA. He owns property worth Rs62,100,000.

Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz has declared two apartments in London and New York, worth Rs17,720,000. He also has two plots in the defence housing society, Karachi, and agricultural land in Islamabad.

Imran Khan, MNA from Mianwali and chief of Tehreek-i-Insaf, has declared House

No 2, Zaman Park Lahore, apartment No 8, B II Ramna, Islamabad, 39 kanals at Talhar, Islamabad, and 530 kanals at Khanewal to be his assets. He also has a share in 363 kanals of agricultural land which he inherited.

Amin Fahim, PPP parliamentary leader, has given a statement of his family’s property without declaring its worth.

He has given some survey numbers of the agricultural properties, which are in his name but without identifying acreage. He has given details of three vehicles — two Honda City cars, and one Mercedes Benz car.

Mehmood Khan Achakzai’s immovable property consists of agricultural land, situated at Inyatullah Keraz, Gulistan.

The property is still in the name of his father and uncle, Abdul Samad Achakzai, and Haji Abdul Salam Khan Achakzai.

He has stated that being an agricultural property, its income varies from Rs1.5 million to Rs4 million. His wife owns 30 tola of gold ornament as her own property.

MMA MNAs are from the less affluent class as most of them have shown no assets. The MMA leaders, Qazi Hussain Ahmad has declared assets worth Rs3 million, including his house in Peshawar, and bank balance. Maulana Fazlur Rehman has declared assets worth Rs2.7 million.

Daniyal Aziz, son of a veteran politician Choudhary Anwar Aziz, has declared his assets worth Rs2.4 million.