PM worth only Rs 200,000; Its official No personal residence and vehicle Maulana Fazlur Rehman carries only Rs 3000 in bank account
Tourism minister has no bank account.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani is among the poorest members of the National Assembly, as he owns only Rs. 200,000 worth of furniture, fittings and other articles of personal use with no moveable or immoveable property including personal residence and vehicle.
According to details of assets and liabilities submitted by him with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the premier does not have plot, apartment, commercial building or agriculture property both in and outside the country. He also has no business capital in and outside Pakistan.
Gilani declared that he brought no remittances from outside Pakistan including bank drafts, machinery and others. Interestingly, the Prime Minister has not made any kind of investment in the country. Except, Prime Minister’s official motorcade he does not have any personal motor vehicle.
Prime Minister Gilani in his assets details declared that 200 tolas of jewelry was gifted by his parents at the wedding but he did not mention if this jewelry was now owned by him or his spouse.
A comparative analysis of the assets declared by MNAs belonging to the 12th and the 13th National Assembly of Pakistan revealed that the average value of an MNA’s assets has increased three folds in six years from 2002-2003 to 2008-2009.
The average value of an MNA’s Assets in the 12th National Assembly was just below Rs. 27 million in 2002-2003 which has increased to almost Rs. 81 million in 2008-2009, a 3-fold increase in six years, according to a Pildat Analysis of the Declarations of Assets submitted by MNAs, said a news release issued on Tuesday.
The analysis also indicates that an average MNA of the current (13th) National Assembly is twice as rich compared to his/her counterpart in the previous (12th) National Assembly.
The Pildat report series titled How Rich are Pakistani MNAs? has analyzed assets declared by MNAs for the years 2002-2003 to 2005-2006; 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 through 3 separate reports.
The latest of this series of Pildat reports, comparing assets declared by MNAs belonging to the 13th (current) National Assembly of Pakistan, has used data contained in the Gazettes published by the Election Commission of Pakistan on October 15 2008 and October 27 2009.
The report depicts that the current average value of assets held by an MNA stands at Rs. 80.89 million, based on the 2008-2009 declarations.
This figure demonstrates a modest increase of 9.5% from the 2007-2008 figure of Rs 73.92 million. The average value of assets owned by non-Muslim MNAs, Rs 20.35 million, is 75% lower than the overall average of almost Rs 81 million, based on 2008-2009 figures.
In terms of individual wealth, the 2008-2009 declarations reveal the wealthiest MNA to be Mehboob Ullah Jan (NA-23, Kohistan, KP, PPPP) with total assets of Rs. 3.288 billion. He is followed by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (NA-50, Rawalpindi-I, Punjab, PML-N), with total assets of Rs. 1.627 billion, Jahangir Khan Tareen (NA-195, R.Y.Khan-IV, Punjab, PML-F) with total assets of Rs 1.095 billion, Saeed Ahmed Zafar (NA-162, Nankana Sahib-II Old Sheikhupura-VII, Punjab, IND) with total assets of Rs 1.030 billion, and Nuzhat Sadiq (NA-277, Punjab-V, PML-N) with total assets of Rs 912.81 million.
In 2007-2008 declarations reveal the wealthiest MNA to be Mehboob Ullah Jan (NA-23, Kohistan, KP, PPPP) with total assets of Rs 3.252 billion.
He is followed by Nuzhat Sadiq (NA-277, Punjab-V, PML-N), with total assets of Rs 1.514 billion, Chaudhry Zahid Iqbal (NA-162, Sahiwal-III, Punjab, PPPP), with assets amounting to Rs 1.248 billion, Chaudhry Nazir Ahmed Jatt (NA-167, Vehari-I, Punjab, PML) (who later resigned while facing charges of processing a fake degree; Chaudhary Asghar Ali Jatt is re-elected on this seat in by-election 2010), with assets worth Rs. 843 million and Mr. Jahangir Khan Tareen (NA-195, R.Y.Khan-IV, Punjab, PML -F), with assets amounting to Rs. 716 million.
At the other end of the assets spectrum, the least wealthy MNAs in 2008-2009 is Saeed Iqbal Chaudhary (NA-81, Faisalabad-VII, Punjab, PPPP) with approximately Rs 29 million net liabilities, followed by Roshan Din Junejo (NA-236, Sanghar-III, Sindh, PPPP), Sheikh Rohale Asghar (NA-124 Lahore-VII, Punjab, PML-N), Ghulam Farid Kathia, (NA-161 Sahiwal-II, Punjab, PPPP), Minister of State for Education, and Ayaz Amir (NA-60 Chakwal-I, Punjab, PML-N).
Nuzhat Sadiq (NA-277, Women Punjab-V, PML-N), has remained the richest female MNA in 2008-2009 and 2007-2008, with assets worth Rs 912.81 million and Rs 1.514 billion respectively.
The second richest female MNA in the current National Assembly is Asma Arbab Alamgir (NA-325, Women KP-IV, PPPP) with assets of 515.25 million and 682.05 million in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 respectively while Belum Hasnain (NA-292, Women Punjab-XX, PPPP) with assets of 332.50 million in 2007-2008 and 298.40 million in 2008-2009 is the third richest female MNA.
Mohammad Kamran Khan (NA-40, Tribal Area-V, FATA, IND) proved to be the most effective asset manager whose assets grew 42 times from over the period of a year, followed by Maulana Muhammad Qasim (NA-10, NA-10 Mardan-II, KP, MMA), with a 12 time increase in assets and Bilal Yaseen (NA-120, Lahore-III, Punjab, PML-N) whose assets increased 9 times during the period.
In 2008-2009, the PML-F is the richest or on top of the list in terms of the average wealth of its MNAs (average assets per MNA: Rs 239 million), followed by the NPP Rs 122 million, the independents Rs 108 million; the PPPP Rs 102 million; the PML-N Rs 75 million; the PML Rs 62 million; the ANP Rs 61 million; the PPP-S Rs 37 million; the MQM Rs 25 million; the BNP Rs 14 million and the MMA Rs 6 million.
These figures demonstrate a 42-fold difference between the average wealth of the MNAs in the party with the greatest average wealth and that with the least. From 2002-2006, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) topped the list in terms of average wealth of its MNA as its lone MNA Imran Khan (NA-71, Mianwali-I, Punjab, PTI, 12th NA) held assets worth Rs 85 million at that time, followed by the PML-N (average assets per MNA at Rs 61 million); PML Rs 56 million and the PPPP Rs 34 million.
In geographical terms, the differences in average wealth are significant.
In 2008-2009, MNAs from Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) have the highest average value of assets per MNA followed by those from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Fata, Sindh and Balochistan respectively. Similarly, in 2007-2008, MNAs from the ICT headed the list.
This trend has been maintained earlier from 2002-2006 when on average an MNA from the ICT was the richest followed by an MNA from Punjab, Fata, Balochistan, Sindh and KP.
In terms of the percentage share of the combined value of assets in the year 2008-2009, Punjab tops the list, with a share of 54 % (down from 73% in 2002-2006); followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 31 % (up from 4% share in 2002-2006); Sindh 10 % (down from 11% in 2002-2006); Fata maintaining its 3 %; ICT 1 % (down from 5% in 2002-2006) and Balochistan at 1 % (down from 4% in 2002-2006).
In his cash account, he declared he had earned Rs 8.5 million by sale of inherited property in Multan besides an amount of Rs 989,734 in his accounts but these were frozen by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in 2001.
Only assets, the premier owns at the moment is some furniture and articles of personal use that are approximately worth Rs 200,000. He has no liabilities or loans or mortgages, reveals the statement of assets submitted by Gilani on September 27, 2008.
Maulana: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-Fazl) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman is also among the poor leaders of the country, as details of his declared assets show that he has no personal vehicle despite the fact that he uses a luxury land cruiser publicly.
Maulana has neither business capital in and outside Pakistan nor any investments in the country. He has declared that there is only Rs 3000 in his bank accounts one of which is account number 786 in Habib Bank.
JUI-F chief declared that he has one-fifth share in a family house in D.I Khan that is worth Rs 100,000 besides another residential house in D.I Khan valuing Rs 2 million. Maulana Fazlur Rehman declared that he also owns a 5-kanal plot that is only worth Rs 500,000.
The other assets declared by Fazl include 25 tolas jewellery, furniture and articles of personal use worth Rs 50,000.
Attaur Rehman: The assets declared by his younger brother Maulana Attaur Rehman, who is currently tourism minister, reveal that he owns one-fifth share in his inherited property amounting to only Rs 100,000. Like his elder brother, he also has no other moveable or immovable property or any business investments in and outside the country.
Attaur Rehman has declared that he has no bank account anywhere despite of the fact that he is not only member of the National Assembly but federal minister as well and draws salary. He also has no personal vehicle, but he has furniture and articles of his personal use of worth Rs 20,000 only. His wife owns 50 tolas of different kind of jewellery.
Dy Speaker: Faisal Karim Kundi, deputy Speaker of the National Assembly has declared that he owns only 23 kanals of agriculture land that is worth Rs 500,000, a cash account of Rs 528,000 and furniture and articles of personal use valuing Rs 100,000.
Kundi like many other his fellow parliamentarians has no other moveable and immovable property besides any business investments, personal vehicle, jewellery or any other asset of his own.
While his son Abdul Qadir Gilani paid Rs 8.5 million as duty for the import of a luxury bullet-proof vehicle, surprisingly, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani does not even own a car himself. As per details of the assets of members of the National Assembly (MNAs) released by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNAs Noor Alam Khan and Mahboob Ullah Jan are among the richest members of the Lower House, while Jamshed Dasti is apparently the poorest. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has declared assets worth Rs 19.4 million, while his bank balance is Rs 12.9 million.
PPP’s MNA from Peshawar Noor Alam Khan owns inherited assets worth over Rs 3.5 billon, while Mahboob Ullah Jan owns assets of more than Rs 3.24 billion. Similarly, asset details revealed that Gilani and JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman don’t have any car in their names. The declared net value of the assets of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is Rs 1.98 billion. He has declared investment of Rs 1.6 billion in his business, owns houses in Islamabad and Murree, and has three vehicles in his name. PPP MNA Dr Arbar Alamgir Khan has assets of Rs 1.4 billion. But the poorest of the lot is Jamshad Dasti, who has no vehicle, property or jewellery in his name, and even does not have a single rupee in his bank account.
Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan did not mention the value of his assets in his declaration. He owns a farm house spanning 42 acres over his agriculture land at Chakri. He also owns a luxury jeep and Mercedes 2010 car, six one-kanal plots in various cities, a residential house at 99 Faizabad and 430 kanal agriculture land at Chakri, Rawalpindi. He also has a bank balance of Rs 9.3 million.
JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman has assets of Rs 3,600,000 and owns a house with one-fifth share in DI Khan. He also owns a house in Shorkot worth Rs 2 million and a plot in DI Khan. But Fazl claims he has no vehicle. PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi is the owner of two houses worth Rs 8.4 million, 78 acres of land worth Rs 3.7 million, 12.5 acreas of agricultural land in Kasur worth Rs 4,500,000 and a luxury jeep worth Rs 26 million. His bank balance is Rs 46 million, while he owns 50 tolas in gold ornaments.
Asset details of NA Speaker Dr Fahmida Mirza say she owns three plots in various cities worth Rs 35 million. She paid Rs 11 million in advance for an overseas apartment, while she purchased shares of more than Rs 7 million in Mirza Sugar Mills. The speaker also claims to own 144 tolas of jewellery worth Rs 5.1 million.
ANP chief Asfandyar Wali owns a house worth Rs 4 millon, 66 acres of agriculture land worth Rs 30 million, a vehicle worth Rs 5 million.
PML-N leader Capt (r) Muhammad Safdar owns assets of Rs 10.6 million and has Rs 2 million in his bank account.
A Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (Pildat) report states that assets of parliamentarians have trebled within six years.
The Pildat report series titled ‘How rich are Pakistani MNAs?’ has analysed assets declared by MNAs through separate reports, and has used data contained in the Gazettes published by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
A comparative analysis of the assets declared by MNAs belonging to the 12th and the 13th National Assembly of Pakistan reveals that the average value of an MNA’s assets has increased three fold in six years from 2002-2003 to 2008-2009.
The report also indicates that an average MNA of the current (13th) National Assembly is twice as rich compared to his/her counterpart in the previous (12th) National Assembly.
The average value of an MNA’s assets in the 12th National Assembly was just below Rs 27 million in 2002-2003 which has increased to almost Rs 81 million in 2008-2009.
In terms of individual wealth, the 2008-2009 declarations reveal the following figures:
|Mr Mehboob Ullah Jan(NA-23, Kohistan, KP, PPPP)||Rs 3.288 billion|
|Mr Shahid Khaqan Abbasi(NA-50, Rawalpindi-I, Punjab, PML-N),||Rs 1.627 billion|
|Mr Jahangir Khan Tareen(NA-195, R.Y.Khan-IV, Punjab, PML-F)||Rs 1.095 billion|
|Mr Saeed Ahmed Zafar(NA-162, Nankana Sahib-II Old Sheikhupura-VII, Punjab, IND)||Rs 1.030 billion|
|Ms Nuzhat Sadiq(NA-277, Punjab-V, PML-N)||Rs 912.81 million|
The least wealthy MNAs in 2008-2009 are as follows:
|Mr Saeed Iqbal Chaudhary(NA-81, Faisalabad-VII, Punjab, PPPP)||Rs 29 million|
|Mr Roshan Din Junejo
(NA-236, Sanghar-III, Sindh, PPPP)
|Sheikh Rohale Asghar
(NA-124 Lahore-VII, Punjab, PML-N)
|Mr Ghulam Farid Kathia
Minister of State for Education
|Mr Ayaz Amir
(NA-60 Chakwal-I, Punjab, PML-N)
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To see the complete Assets, declared by the parliamentarians, please click the links below;
- Assets of parliamentarians of Pakistan in 2010
- Assets of Pakistan Parliamentarians in 2009
- Assets of Pakistan Parliamentarians in 2007