Lawmakers belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) top the list of parliamentarians who have yet to submit statements of their assets and liabilities to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), a report in the local media said on Sunday.
A total of 19 lawmakers, including three members of the National Assembly and eight each of the provincial assemblies of Punjab and Sindh, have been suspended for failing to submit their own statements of assets and of their spouses and dependents, more than five weeks after the deadline.
They include eight lawmakers of the PTI, six of the PPP, four of the PML-N and one of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), said the report.
Senior leaders of the PTI — including Imran Khan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jehangir Tarin, Shafqat Mehmood and Dr Arif Alvi — have filed the statements. The three suspended MNAs belonging to the PTI include Shehryar Afridi (NA-14 Kohat), Azhar Khan Jadoon (NA-17 Abbottabad) and Sajid Nawaz (NA-3 Peshawar).
Afridi said he could not file the statement because he had gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Haj.
Of the eight suspended members of the Punjab Assembly five of them are from PTI and the remaining three from PML-N.
The suspended PTI members are Malik Taimur Masood, Dr Salahuddin Khan, Mian Muhammad Aslam Iqbal, Waheed Asghar Dogar and Abdul Majeed Khan Niazi.
The three suspended members of the provincial assembly belonging to the PML-N are Rana Shoaib Idrees Khan, Jamil Hassan Khan and Sardar Atif Hussain Khan Mazari.
Owais Muzaffar, former provincial minister for local government and a close aide of PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari, is among the eight members of the Sindh assembly who have been suspended for their failure to file the statements.
The other suspended members of the house from PPP are Aziz Ahmad Jatoi, Syed Fasih Ahmad Shah, Parveen Aziz Junejo, Khairunnisa Mughal and Shahnaz Begum.
The remaining two suspended members of the assembly are Humayun Muhammad Khan of the PML-N and Irum Azeem Farooque of the MQM.