Connect with us

pakistan

ECP restores membership of 33 parliamentarians on submitting assets’ details

Published

on

ECP restores membership of 33 parliamentarians on submitting assets' details
GLOBALTIMESPAKISTAN

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday restored the membership of 33 parliamentarian on submitting statements of assets and liabilities. 

Senators Shaukat Tarin, Taj Haider and Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, and MNAs Ahsan Iqbal, Israr Tarin, Naveed Qamar and Tariq Bashir Cheema are among the lawmakers who have been allowed to function as legislators. 

A day earlier, the electoral body suspended the membership of 271 lawmakers for failing to submit their statements of assets and liabilities. The lawmakers included 136 members of the National Assembly, 21 senators and 114 members of the provincial assemblies. The number was significantly higher this year as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) MNAs have resigned from the National Assembly. Last year, the electoral body had suspended the membership of 35 MNAs and three senators. 

The membership of 48 MPAs from Sindh, 54 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 12 Balochistan MPAs have been suspended but there is no suspended provincial lawmaker from Punjab as the assembly has been dissolved. 

Advertisement

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s cabinet members – Ahsan Iqbal and Khawaja Asif, Tariq Bashir Cheema, Mufti Abdul Shakoor and Sajid Turi – Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Noor Alam Khan and MQM-P convener Khalid Maqbool were among the MNAs who have been suspended for not submitting statement of assets and liabilities.

The ECP had directed the lawmakers to submit their financial statements by Jan 16, 2023 and warned of suspending their membership on failing to comply with the instructions.

PTI leader Shaukat Tarin, Rana MahmooduI Hassan, Aon Abbas, Zarqa Suharwardy Taimur, Mohammad Azam Khan Swati and Sania Nishtar were among the senators who failed to submit their financial statements. 

The Election Commission has forwarded the lists of the suspended members to the respective speakers of the houses, asking them to ensure the listed members stop working. It says the lawmakers cannot participate in parliamentary proceedings and their membership will remain suspended until they submit their statements.

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

pakistan

Court sends Sheikh Rashid on 14-day judicial remand

Published

on

By

Court sends Sheikh Rashid on 14-day judicial remand

A local court in Islamabad on Saturday sent Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed to Adiala Jail on judicial remand for 14 days in a case related to leveling allegations against former president Asif Ali Zardari.

The AML supremo was produced before the court of Judicial Magistrate Umar Shabbir amid strict security by the capital police where the police requested the court for another five-day physical remand of the AML chief along with a photogrammetric test.

During the hearing, the investigation officer informed the court about photogrammetry and voice-matching tests.

Meanwhile, the former interior minister said “It would be better I be sentenced to death the way police have kept me.They blindfolded and tied me to a chair for hours.”

Shiekh Rashid asked to the court to order the authorities to take him to a hospital to bandage his injuries and grant him Rangers’ security. At this, the court ordered to uncuff Rashid.

While the AML chief’s lawyer contended that the sections imposed in the case against Mr Rashid weren’t valid.

Later, the local court reserved its verdict on the police’s plea for an extension in Rashid’s physical remand. It also gave the transcript of Rashid’s interview to his lawyer.

The AML chief was arrested by the Islamabad police in the early hours of Thursday from his home in a private housing society in the capital city. A case was registered against Sheikh Rashid on a complaint lodged by the vice president of PPP’s Rawalpindi chapter at the Aabpara police station. In a talk show, the complainant said, the AML chief accused the PPP co-chairman of having hatched a plan to use terrorists to assassinate PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

Earlier, the PTI chief had alleged that Mr Zardari had hatched a plot to have him killed, adding that a militant group had been hired for this purpose.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has been booked, according to the FIR, under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups, etc), and 505 (statements related to public mischief) of the Pakistan Penal Code. His arrest comes after he defied a police notice to appear before the investigation team in the case by 4pm on Wednesday last. However, the AML chief has challenged the notice in the Islamabad High Court.

More Cases Registered Against Sheikh Rashid

Following his arrest, two more cases were registered against the senior politician in Karachi and Islamabad. A case was registered against incarcerated Mr Ahmed in Karachi for using immoral language towards Foreign Minister and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. The case has been registered at the Mochko police station under sections 506, 504, 500 and 153 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on a complaint filed by a PPP worker, Khuda Bux. The complainant alleged that the former interior minister while talking to media outside the Poly Clinic Hospital, Islamabad, used abusive language against Bilawal Bhutto.

Mr Bux said the former interior minister attempted to create chaos and anarchy by using objectional language against the PPP chairman. He demanded the police to take an action against Mr Ahmed as per the law.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered against Sheikh Rashid at the Murree police station under sections 353, 186, 506/2 for interference in official affairs when security officials reached his residence earlier this week to arrest him.
 

Continue Reading

pakistan

Imran Khan announces ‘Jail Bharo Movement’

Published

on

By

Imran Khan announces 'Jail Bharo Movement'

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan has announced the “Jail Bharo Movement.”

Addressing the nation on Saturday, he said that the members of the PTI and its supporters were being targeted in revenge activities. “We are not afraid of arrests,” he said.

Imran Khan, while hitting out at the government over the economic crisis, said that those who came to power through conspiracy have ruined the country. “The imported government has no roadmap for the country’s progress,” he added.

The PTI chairman said that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar first threatened the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and now he has bowed down before the international lender.

Advertisement

Continue Reading

pakistan

Qureshi asks PM to make up his mind about invitation

Published

on

By

Qureshi asks PM to make up his mind about invitation

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi says his party is ready for reconciliation as well as confrontation and now the government should tell what it wants. 

Addressing a press conference, the former foreign minister said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had summoned the All Parties Conference (APC) and also invited the PTI to attend it but, on the other hand, cases were being filed against the PTI leaders and political opponents were being put behind the bars.

The PTI leader said the premier should first make up his mind whether he wanted to invite the PTI or take political revenge as both things could not go hand in hand.

The former minister said the country was fighting terrorism for the last 20 years and Nawaz Sharif was the one who first started talks with the banned TTP in 2013 and an operation was launched when the talks failed. During PTI’s tenure, there was a substantial reduction in the incidents of terrorism as “we tried to stop the bloodshed”, he added.

Advertisement

Mr Qureshi said the PTI government was sent packing through a conspiracy and an ‘imported’ government was imposed on the country.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © GLOBAL TIMES PAKISTAN