ECP warns to suspend 394 parliamentarians over non-disclosure of assets

ECP warns to suspend 394 parliamentarians over non-disclosure of assets

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday announced that it will suspend the membership of 394 members of the Senate, National Assembly and the Provincial Assemblies if they failed to submit details of their assets till January 15.

According to the ECP, 14 members of the Upper House, 112 members of the National Assembly, 144 members of the Punjab provincial assembly, 48 members of the Sindh Assembly, 50 members of the KPK Assembly and 26 members of the Baluchistan Assembly did not submit the details of their assets in the commission till the last date of December 31.

It is important to mention here that several ministers including Asad Umer, Fawad Ahmed, Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Shafqat Mahmood, Zartaj Gull, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Ali Nawaz Awan and Noor-ul-Haq Qadri are among those who have not submitted details of their assets as yet.

An ECP official told Islamabad Observer that the commission will sent lists of the members to the respective speakers of the houses, asking them to stop the listed members from working if they failed to meet another deadline of January 15 regarding the submission of their assets details to the commission.

The officials also said that the parliamentarians did not submit the details of their assets as yet despite several reminders from the ECP in this regard.

“How can we expect from the common citizens that they will file their tax returns on time when they came to know that their own representatives are using delaying tactics regarding the submission of their assets details,” the official questioned.