Islamabad. Pakistan’s top election body has suspended the membership of 271 MPs and MLAs across the country for not submitting their capital and liability accounts. Financial statements are filed by December 31 every year and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had directed MPs and MLAs to submit their financial accounts up to June 30, 2022, by January 16, 2023.
They were warned that membership of those not providing financial details would be suspended. The ECP said on Monday that 136 members of the National Assembly, 21 senators and 114 members of the Provincial Assemblies have been suspended. Last year, 35 members of the National Assembly and three senators did not file financial statements by the January 16 deadline, while Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders resigned this year, Dawn newspaper reported on Tuesday. Due to this the number remained relatively high.
According to the list released by the ECP, there is no member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly (MPA) among the suspended members, as the provincial assembly has already been dissolved. Besides members of the National Assembly and senators, 48 members of the Sindh Provincial Assembly, 54 members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly and 12 members of the Balochistan Provincial Assembly have been suspended.
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