Pakistan

Court accepts petition seeking N-League MPA disqualification

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday accepted petition for hearing seeking disqualification of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA Mian Tariq, ARY News reported.

The petition was filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Ijaz. He claimed in his plea that Mian Tariq did not reveal his assets in the nomination papers. “He is working in Spain despite being a member of Punjab Assembly,” he said.

The court approved the petition for hearing and demanded reply from the federal government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by May 9.

It is pertinent to mention here that the ECP had removed asset details of parliamentarians from its website couple of days ago following intense public criticism and debates over offshore wealth of Pakistani leaders as revealed in the Panama Papers.

According to a source in the ECP, the election commission was facing intense pressure from ruling quarters for removal of asset details of leaders.

The commission had published asset details of last two years of the parliamentarians’, but they were removed only to be restored later.

Political analysts believe that the details of assets had been removed to deny journalists from making those facts public.

On April 10, 2015, the ECP had released details of Parliamentarians’ assets and liabilities for the financial year 2014.

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