LAHORE - 33 Punjab Assembly members are facing criminal proceedings in different courts across the country, according to Free & Fair Election Network’s (FAFEN) “Parliament Monitor”.
FAFEN has published a report containing the profiles of the members of provincial assemblies (MPAs) who have started their five-year term.
Nearly one-third (123) legislators in the Punjab Assembly have declared that they possess assets of a cumulative worth between Rs11 million to Rs50 million, while 18 per cent own assets ranging between one million rupees to Rs10 million. The worth of around 16 per cent legislators’ assets ranges from Rs101 million to Rs500 million while 12 per cent legislators have assets of worth between Rs51 million to 100 million rupees.
There are four billionaires in the Punjab Assembly with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sheikh Allauddin being the richest with assets worth more than Rs1 billion. On the other hand, six and three legislators belonging to PML-N and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), respectively, have assets worth less than a million.
Moreover, as many as 33 (9%) incoming legislators of Punjab have mentioned in their affidavits that they have criminal cases pending against them.
18 of these lawmakers belong to PTI, 14 to PML-N and one to Pakistan Rah-e-Haq.