The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has suspended the membership of 154 parliamentarians and members of provincial assemblies, including Interior Minister Rehman Malik, for failing to submit details of their assets.
The members cannot perform duty as legislators and there is a question mark on the status of those having the ministerial slots. Their suspension will end only after they comply with the legal requirement and file their statements of assets and liabilities and those of their dependents to the Election Commission, reports The News.
Prominent parliamentarians whose membership has been suspended include Abdul Qadir Gilani and Musa Gilani.
Each year, the legislators are required to file their statements of assets and liabilities with the Election Commission by September 30, failing which the Election Commission publishes a list of those who fail to do so by October 15.
The legislators who fail to file the related documents by October 15 are automatically barred from functioning as lawmakers. However, on submission of their documents, their status as lawmaker is restored.
But there is no penalty for the violators, though a proposal is being considered by the Election Commission to introduce some penalty such as withdrawal of TA/DA or deduction from their salary for the days they remain suspended. (ANI)