Despite deadline, only 30% lawmakers submit asset details

Of a total strength of 1,174, only 360 members have submitted their declarations


Irfan Ghauri September 30, 2014

ISLAMABAD:


Today is the last date for members of the Senate, National Assembly and four provincial legislatures to file their yearly statements of assets and liabilities of their own, their spouses and dependents, yet only 30% of the lawmakers had submitted their asset declarations by Monday evening.


Of a total strength of 1,174, only 360 members submitted their declarations. They comprised 55 out of 104 senators, 140 out of 342 National Assembly members, 63 out of 371 Punjab Assembly members, 53 of the 168 members of Sindh Assembly, 34 out of 124 members of K-P assembly and 15 out of 65 members of Balochistan Assembly.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and members of his provincial cabinet have yet to submit their yearly statements of assets and liabilities, officials said.

An ECP official told The Express Tribune that about 34 lawmakers of the K-P Assembly have so far submitted their statements of assets. He said that the K-P CM and his cabinet members have yet to file their declarations to the ECP.

However, the official said that dissident NA members of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) have filed their statement of assets and liabilities.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman was one of the prominent leaders from the province to file the declarations.

When contacted for his take, PTI KP spokesperson Ayesha Gulalai said that Tuesday was the last day to file declaration of assets and liabilities, not Monday.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2014.

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