A Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (Pildat) report states that assets of parliamentarians have trebled within six years.
The Pildat report series titled ‘How rich are Pakistani MNAs?’ has analysed assets declared by MNAs through separate reports, and has used data contained in the Gazettes published by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
A comparative analysis of the assets declared by MNAs belonging to the 12th and the 13th National Assembly of Pakistan reveals that the average value of an MNA’s assets has increased three fold in six years from 2002-2003 to 2008-2009.
The report also indicates that an average MNA of the current (13th) National Assembly is twice as rich compared to his/her counterpart in the previous (12th) National Assembly.
The average value of an MNA’s assets in the 12th National Assembly was just below Rs 27 million in 2002-2003 which has increased to almost Rs 81 million in 2008-2009.
In terms of individual wealth, the 2008-2009 declarations reveal the following figures:
|Mr Mehboob Ullah Jan
(NA-23, Kohistan, KP, PPPP)
|Rs 3.288 billion|
|Mr Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
(NA-50, Rawalpindi-I, Punjab, PML-N),
|Rs 1.627 billion|
|Mr Jahangir Khan Tareen
(NA-195, R.Y.Khan-IV, Punjab, PML-F)
|Rs 1.095 billion|
|Mr Saeed Ahmed Zafar
(NA-162, Nankana Sahib-II Old Sheikhupura-VII, Punjab, IND)
|Rs 1.030 billion|
|Ms Nuzhat Sadiq
(NA-277, Punjab-V, PML-N)
|Rs 912.81 million|
The least wealthy MNAs in 2008-2009 are as follows:
|Mr Saeed Iqbal Chaudhary
(NA-81, Faisalabad-VII, Punjab, PPPP)
|Rs 29 million|
|Mr Roshan Din Junejo
(NA-236, Sanghar-III, Sindh, PPPP)
|Sheikh Rohale Asghar
(NA-124 Lahore-VII, Punjab, PML-N)
|Mr Ghulam Farid Kathia
Minister of State for Education
|Mr Ayaz Amir
(NA-60 Chakwal-I, Punjab, PML-N)
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