No parliamentary lodges for 30 new MNAs


Owing to illegal occupations and misuse of powers, the National Assembly (NA) secretariat is facing a major issue in allotting parliamentary lodges to newly elected members of the NA (MNAs).
Sources privy to the NA secretariat told Pakistan Today that at present, a number of newly appointed ministers are also occupying parliamentary lodges, despite having been allotted residences in the highly secured Minister’s Colony.
At present at least 30 newly elected members of the NA are facing unavailability of parliamentary lodges.
Former federal minister for tourism and Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Attaur Rehman is also illegally occupying a lodge.
When the NA Secretariat contacted Rehman asking him to evacuate the lodge, he refused saying his brother and JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman had won general elections 2013 from Dera Ismail Khan, following which the secretariat may transfer the lodge on his name instead of getting it evacuated.
To redress the issue, NA secretariat has decided to shift newly appointed ministers to Minister’s Colony in order to free lodges so they are allotted to the new MNAs.