–PTI in lead with 18 lawmakers who have criminal cases pending against them
–Eight billionaires among legislators; PTI’s Noor Alam Khan the wealthiest
LAHORE: As many as 34 newly-elected National Assembly members of five major political parties are facing criminal proceedings in different courts across the country, while an independent MNA also has a pending criminal case against him.
According to Free & Fair Election Network’s (FAFEN) “Parliament Monitor” – a report released after the inaugural session for the 15th National Assembly of Pakistan (2018-2023) – at least 35 lawmakers have criminal cases pending against them in various courts.
Half of these legislators (18) belong to the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stands on the second position with nine MNAs nominated in different criminal cases. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has secured the third spot with five such lawmakers.
One each belongs to Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) with an independent candidate taking the tally to 35.
ASSETS OF THE LAWMAKERS:
Around one-third (112) legislators have declared their assets worth between Rs11 million and Rs50 million while 58 had the assets worth one to 10 million rupees. As many as 12 legislators have assets having worth ranging between Rs501 million and Rs1 billion while five legislators have the assets less than one million rupees.
Furthermore, the lower house of the parliament has eight billionaires with PTI’s Noor Alam Khan being the wealthiest legislator. His net worth, as declared on Form B of nomination papers, is more than Rs3.2 billion. Among eight billionaires, four belong to PTI, two to PML-N and one each to PPP and Awami National Party (ANP). These include PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, PML-N’s Ehsanul Haq Bajwa and Noorul Hassan Tanvir, PTI’s Muhammad Najeeb Haroon, Sher Akbar Khan and Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh as well as ANP’s Amir Haider Azam Khan.
Five legislators, on the other hand, have less than one million worth of assets. As many as two of these legislators belong to PTI, and one each to PML-N, MQM and PPP.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION OF NA LEGISLATORS:
The report further states that nearly one third (116) of the incoming legislators hold a Bachelor’ degree while 72 have that of Masters. The assembly also has four engineers and 18 legislators have qualified in medicine or dentistry while six hold a Postgraduate degree including two having a Doctorate degree. Moreover, a female legislator has declared herself illiterate while two have not declared their literacy level.
It is pertinent to note that the aforementioned facts are based on information contained in Form B and affidavits as annexed to the nomination papers submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by the candidates ahead of July 25 polls.