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Sunday, 1 February 2009

Senators declared assets depict majority dirty rich: Do they belong us?

Richest and poorest senators: Country’s leaders divided between rich and poor

* Swati appears to be richest senator with billions of rupees in assets * JUI-F senator among poorest leaders with Rs 30,000 in account

By Irfan Ghauri and Muhammad Bilal

ISLAMABAD: The returns filed before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by the country’s senators have revealed a glaring contrast among the country’s leaders, as some have declared themselves in crippling debt, while others have declared assets worth billions of rupees.

Jamiat-e-Ulema-Fazl (JUI-F) Senator and Science and Technology Minister Azam Swati appears to be the richest with properties worth billions of rupees abroad. In his details, Swati has declared immovable assets of Rs 247.60 million in Pakistan and $1.640 million in the US. He also has two under-construction towers in the UAE that have been valued at 12 million dirhams and property worth 8 million UAE dirhams. He also owns millions of dollars and other foreign currency accounts in foreign and local banks. However, he has liabilities of $1.1 million payable to US banks as loans.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Parliamentary Leader in the Senate Ishaq Dar is also among the declared wealthy senators. His immovable property in Pakistan is estimated at Rs 49.50 million, while he owns a villa in the UAE valued at 7.04 million dirhams. His movable assets include four vehicles; two of them Mercedes. He also has millions in movable assets of investments and bank accounts. There is no liability on Dar.

Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Javed Ashraf Qazi has declared immovable properties worth Rs 19.1 million in addition to Rs 6.090 million movable properties. He also has deposits worth millions in local and foreign currency accounts. Senator Talha Mahmood of the JUI-F has declared immovable property, including three houses and a plot at Rs 500 million with Rs 114 million in movable assets. His liabilities stand at Rs 150 million. PML-Q Secretary General Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed has declared Rs 35,000 in his own assets while the remained of property, including 50 acres of agricultural land; 600 yards plot and a luxury house in Islamabad are either owned by his wife or shared by his two brothers. A Suzuki car worth 0.3 million is also owned by his wife.

JUI-F Secretary General Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri has a house and plot worth Rs 0.4 million and 0.15 million, respectively along with furniture valued at Rs 0.1 million only. He has declared no other assets.

Ratna Bhagwandas Chawla, a female senator elected on the minorities seat, has no immovable property. However, she has loans and advances worth Rs 147 million. She possesses Rs 2.409 million in her bank accounts and deposits.

Poorest: Senator Maulana Gul Naseeb is also amongst the poorer members, with only Rs 30,000 in his bank account. He has no other movable or immovable property. (Daily Times)


Senators declared assets depict majority dirty rich

Updated at: 1210 PST, Sunday, February 01, 2009

ISLAMABAD: Details of assets declared by Senators to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) showed majority of them rolling in money. While many dishonestly concealing their assets declared they owned properties valued only a few million rupees.

Some even claimed they did not own any property or their multi-million properties were gifted to them by ‘unknown sources’.

Federal Minister Israrullah Zehri, who faced criticism for terming the act of burying alive of three girls in Balochistan a tribal tradition, is the richest Senator, the returns showed. He owns around 50,000 acres of agricultural lands worth several billions of rupees, mostly in Balochistan. According to Mr Zehri’s statements of assets and liabilities submitted to the Election Commission, he owns 25,000 acres of agricultural land in Kalat, 15,000 acres in Jhal Magsi, 5,000 acres in Khuzdar and 3,000 acres in Thatta.
The value of land has not been shown in his statement. According to Mr Zehri, he inherited the land, which is yet to be distributed among his family members. Mr Zehri owns bungalows in Karachi, Islamabad and Quetta and runs a transport business and also owns a construction company. His statement shows he has Rs35 million in cash and Rs33 million in bank.

Minister for Science and Technology and JUI-F Senator Azam Khan Swati owns huge properties inside and outside Pakistan, including nine houses in Bahria Town in Rawalpindi with an estimated value of Rs180 million. His statement shows he owns properties worth over $1.6 million in the US and two under construction residential towers in the UAE worth 20 million dirhams.

Attorney-General Sardar Latif Khan Khosa is among the 50 Senators who will retire on March 11 and is among Senators who own houses in Lahore, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Kasur, Rawalpindi and Islamabad, a flour mill, flats, offices, agricultural land and residential plots. PML-Q Senator Tariq Azim is among a few parliamentarians who have declared their assets abroad. According to his statement, he owns a house in the UK with an estimated value of £600,000 and other assets worth £120,000. The value of his house in Islamabad is around Rs28 million.

Many, including Deputy Chairman of Senate Jan Mohammad Jamali, declared they did not own a car, suggesting they either travelled by public transport or used only luxury vehicles provided by the government. Lawmakers who routinely used luxury cars have declared that they owned cars worth just a few hundreds of thousands of rupees. Some legislators tried to prove that they were under a heavy debt.

Senate Chairman Mohammedmian Soomro, who lives in a multi-hectare farmhouse and owns a luxury bungalow in the heart of the capital, declared the value of his immovable assets to be just Rs4.689 million. He owns houses in Karachi, Lahore, Jacobabad, Ahmedpur and Shikarpur. Among these, two houses gifted to Mr. Soomro by his mother while the rest also shared by his family members. The chairman has a Toyota 1998 valuing Rs350,000 only besides Rs892,324 in bank accounts.

Deputy Chairman Jan Mohammad Jamali is among Senators who do not own a car. His immovable assets are worth Rs20.1 million, including rice mills worth Rs10 million in Usta Mohammad. Mr Jamali has declared that he operates a bank account in which he has only Rs60,000. But he said he possessed jewellery worth Rs1.38 million and furniture worth Rs200,000.

Leader of the House Mian Raza Rabbani is one of the luckiest lawmakers. He was ‘bestowed’ two properties as ‘gifts’ in posh areas in Lahore and Karachi worth Rs5 million each. He did not mention whether these properties were houses or plots and did not identify his benefactor.

Mr Rabbani’s other assets include two cars, jewellery weighing 220 tolas, Rs446,000 in bank accounts and furniture worth Rs700,000.

Leader of the Opposition Kamil Ali Agha owns a property worth Rs5.62 million along with moveable assets of Rs13.5 million. The vehicle he owned and furniture and money in his bank accounts was valued at just a ‘few’ million rupees.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Senator Babar Awan is also among senators who have declared assets abroad. His properties inside Pakistan are worth Rs77.12 million. He has provided details about a property in Spain in which he has paid advance payment of Rs15 million. He has also declared he owns movable assets, including a law firm, worth Rs4.376 million. Mr Awan owns two vehicles and operates two bank accounts with Rs192.41 million and Rs8.383 million, respectively. He has also declared details of multi-million properties owned by his wife.

Minister for Law and Justice Farooq H. Naek has declared immovable property of Rs10.201 million including plots and houses in Karachi besides an office worth Rs1.124 million. His movable assets are worth Rs10.379 million. Mr Naek has liabilities worth Rs5.669 million, including Rs3.23 million received through a crossed cheque on the closure of a foreign currency account operated by Mrs Nusrat Bhutto as her attorney.

Ports and Shipping Minister Babar Ghauri owns properties worth Rs177.55 million and movable properties worth millions of rupees.

Minister for Housing Rehmatullah Kakar has owns an ‘inherited’ property worth Rs130 million, 25 per cent share in a Quetta hospital and two kilograms of jewellery and millions of rupees in bank but he does not own any vehicle.

He also owns millions of dollars and other foreign currency accounts in foreign and local banks. He has liabilities of $1.1 million payable to banks in the United States as loans.

PML-N’s parliamentary leader in the Senate Ishaq Dar owns immovable property in Pakistan worth Rs49.5 million while he owns a villa in the UAE for which he has paid 7.04 million dirhams. His assets also include four vehicles, two of them Mercedes. His other assets are worth millions in investments and bank accounts. There is no liability on Mr Dar.

Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Javed Ashraf Qazi has declared immovable properties worth Rs19.1 million besides movable properties of Rs6.09 million and operates local and foreign currency accounts worth a few million.

Senator Talha Mahmood of JUI-F has declared his immovable property including three houses and a plot worth Rs500 million and Rs114 million movable assets. His liabilities stand at Rs150 million.

PML-Q Secretary-General Senator Mushahid Hussain owns just Rs35,000 in his own name while rest of the property including a 50-acre plot of agricultural land, a 600-square-yard plot and a luxury house in Islamabad are either owned by his wife or shared by his two brothers. A Suzuki car worth Rs300,000 is owned by his wife.

JUI-F’s Secretary-General Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri has a house and a plot worth Rs400,000 and Rs150,000, respectively, and furniture valued at Rs100,000. He has no other assets.

MQM’s Mohammad Ali Brohi is among ‘poor’ senators. He owns a house valued at just Rs600,000 and jewelry worth Rs500,000 and furniture of Rs250,000.

Ratna Bhagwandas Chawla, elected on a minorities’ seat, has no immovable property. However, she got loans and advances worth Rs147 million. Ms Chawla, however, operates bank accounts with Rs2.409 million in her name.

Senator Maulana Gul Naseeb is among the poorest of Senators with just Rs30,000 in his bank account. He has no other assets. (The News)

Some Comments

Ghost Of TK Says:
February 2nd, 2009

For the life of me, I can’t find a fvcking CONTACT FORM on that newspaper’s website. I would really like to see them do investigative work into all the wealth accumulated by Jurnails and BureauCrats as well.

It would be nice to see them publish the whole list of senators as well, but that would mean our print media breaking with the tradition of being confusing little pricks not helping the situation even if they can. So I guess we’ll just have to wait for someone else to come up with a link to the full report.

God forbid if a NEWS PAPER published the location of the list!!! I mean… why should they? what are they? a NEWSPAPER or something?

Muhammad Usman Says:
February 2nd, 2009

Will any newspaper ever publish assests of Mir shakeel ur rehaman, nizamis, zia shahid, malik riaz.

Malik riaz is one such sacred cow who has got more wealth than anyone in last decade

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