70 lawmakers are likely to face disqualification

Politics70 lawmakers are likely to face disqualification

ISLAMABAD: As many as 70 lawmakers including 23 members of the National Assembly and Senate are likely to face disqualification for their failure to submit statements of their assets and liabilities as required under the law.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is likely to issue a notification in this regard tomorrow (Tuesday), sources in the ECP said.

   

Following the notification the suspended members will not be able to participate in the proceedings of their legislatures. While copies of the notification will be sent to speakers of the provincial and national assemblies and chairman of the Senate.

Some 70 lawmakers which include 19 MNAs, four senators, nine MPAs from Punjab, 11 from Sindh, 22 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and five from Balochistan, had not submitted the details of their assets till October 14, the last working day before Eid holidays.

However, they still had a chance to get their names removed from the dreaded list by submitting the statements before issuance of the notification on Monday, sources said.

The four senators who are yet to meet the legal requirement are former interior minister Rehman Malik, former Karachi nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal, Islamuddin Shaikh and firebrand PPP leader Faisal Raza Abidi.

Other legislators whose membership can be suspended include Dr Azra Fazal, the sister of former president Asif Ali Zardari, Sindh Minister for Local Government Awais Muzaffar and MNA Nauman Islam Sheikh, Usman Khan Tarrakai, Shehryar Afridi, Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju and Moulvi Agha Muhammad.

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