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Punjab Assembly houses 33 ‘criminals’, four billionaires

-KP CM Mahmood Khan richest provincial lawmaker with assets over Rs2.5bn

–Criminal cases pending against 20 Sindh MPAs; eight, 10 alleged criminals in KP, Balochistan Assemblies, respectively

LAHORE: With things finally coming in motion and national and provincial assemblies being formed, revelations are being made about all legislators, who would represent the people of their respective constituencies for the next five years.

As per these revelations, as many as 33 newly-elected Punjab Assembly members of three political parties are facing criminal proceedings in different courts across the country, while the assembly also houses four billionaires. The case in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan assemblies is quite similar as well.

According to Free & Fair Election Network’s (FAFEN) “Parliament Monitor” – a report containing the profiles of the members of provincial assemblies (MPAs) who have started their five-year term – following is all you should know about your provincial representatives.

PUNJAB ASSEMBLY:

Nearly one-third (123) legislators in the Punjab Assembly have declared that they possess assets of a cumulative worth between Rs11 million to Rs50 million, while 18 per cent own assets ranging between one million rupees to Rs10 million. The worth of around 16 per cent legislators’ assets ranges from Rs101 million to Rs500 million while 12 per cent legislators have assets of worth between Rs51 million to 100 million rupees.

There are four billionaires in the Punjab Assembly with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sheikh Allauddin being the richest with assets worth more than Rs1 billion. On the other hand, six and three legislators belonging to PML-N and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), respectively, have assets worth less than a million.

Moreover, as many as 33 (9%) incoming legislators of Punjab have mentioned in their affidavits that they have criminal cases pending against them.

18 of these lawmakers belong to PTI, 14 to PML-N and one to Pakistan Rah-e-Haq.

SINDH ASSEMBLY:

As many as 59 legislators have declared that they possess assets of cumulative worth between Rs11 million to Rs50 million. 30 per cent have assets that range from Rs1 million to Rs10 million. The worth of around 15 per cent legislators’ assets ranges from Rs101 million to Rs500 million, while 11 per cent legislators have assets between Rs51 million to 100 million.

The richest declared legislator in the Sindh Assembly is Pakistan People’s Party (PPP leader) Mukesh Kumar Chawla, who owns assets worth Rs550 million while four legislators – two of PTI, one each of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) – have assets worth less than a million rupees.

Meanwhile, 20 (12%) legislators have criminal cases pending against them. Half of these lawmakers with pending criminal cases belong to PPP, four to Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), three to PTI and two to MQM-P while one is an independent lawmaker.

KP ASSEMBLY:

One-third (45) lawmakers have declared that they possess assets of cumulative worth between Rs11 million to Rs50 million while 20 per cent have assets of worth ranging from one to Rs10 million. The worth of around 9 per cent legislators’ assets ranges from Rs101 million to Rs500 million.

As many as two PTI legislators own declared assets worth more than a billion including the incumbent Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, who is the richest among provincial legislators with assets more than Rs2.5 billion. In addition, four legislators have assets of worth less than a million.

Out of the total number of incoming legislators, eight (6%) mentioned in their affidavits that they have criminal cases pending against them. Five of these belong to PTI while three to Awami National Party (ANP).

BALOCHISTAN ASSEMBLY:

At least 22 legislators have declared the cumulative worth of their assets between Rs11 million to Rs50 million, while 21 per cent have assets of worth ranging between one to Rs10 million. The worth of around 8 per cent legislators’ assets ranges between Rs101 million to Rs500 million and as many as three Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and two independent legislators own declared assets worth more than Rs100 million.

Nawabzada Tariq Magsi is the richest legislator of the Balochistan Assembly, with assets more than Rs324 million. Two legislators have assets of worth less than a million rupees.

As for the criminal cases, 10 (15%) legislators have criminal proceedings pending against them. At least three of these legislators belong to BAP, two to ANP, and one each to PTI and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP). Three alleged criminals are independent legislators.



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