The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has suspended the membership of 318 lawmakers, including several federal ministers for not submitting the details of their statement of assets and liabilities.
As per ECP notification, 70 lawmakers of the National Assembly, 12 Senators, 115 MPAs from Punjab, 40 from Sindh, 60 from K-P, and 21 members of the Balochistan Assembly have been suspended.
The suspended legislators will be banned from attending any parliament session, standing committee meetings, or legislative activities. Relevant quarters in the respective legislatures have been alerted to bar them from performing their official duties unless they comply with the law requirements.
Among those suspended are Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem, Religious Affairs Minister Pir Noorul Haq Qadri, and Federal Minister for Housing and Works Tariq Bashir Cheema.
Other prominent lawmakers from the government ranks include Sadaqat Abbasi, former health minister Aamir Kiyani, Sanaullah Musti Khel, Farrukh Habib, Raja Riaz, Aamir Liaquat Hussain, and Alamgir Khan.
Former Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, former Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Abdul Qadir Patel, and Chaudhary Barjees Tahir are also among the suspended parliamentarians.
Section 137 (1) of the Elections Act, 2017, reads: “Every Member of an Assembly and Senate shall submit to the Commission, on or before 31st December each year, a copy of his statement of assets and liabilities including assets and liabilities of his spouse and dependent children as on the preceding thirtieth day of June on Form B”.
According to Section 137 (3) of the Elections Act, 2017, members who failed to submit the statements by January 15, are suspended until they fulfill the legal requirement.
On non-compliance, the ECP bars lawmakers from performing duties. Their membership can be restored upon compliance with the legal requirements.
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