Govt names 27 MPs with accounts, assets abroad
ISLAMABAD: The government Monday unveiled a list of 27 parliamentarians from the Senate and National Assembly who have foreign accounts and assets abroad. The list includes political giants from both the sides of the aisle including Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, Senator Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Asif MNA, Senator Tariq Azeem, Finance Minister Abdul Hafiz Sheikh, Azam Swati and others. Others whose foreign assets have been disclosed include Interior Minister Abdul Rehman Malik, Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghauri, Communication Minister Arbab Alamgir and his spouse Asma Arbab Alamgir, Farah Naz Isfahani, Engineer Mohammad Tariq Khattak, justice (R) Fakhrunnisa, Engineer Usman Tariq, Mohammad Jameel Malik, Gul Mohammad Laat, Abdul Nabi Bangash, Mohammad Ghufran, Muneer Khan Orakzai, Azam Khan Swati, Malik Azmat Khan, Salahuddin, Talat Iqbal Mehsar, Khawaja Sohil Mansoor, Farhat Muhammad Khan and Begum Ishrat Ashraf. Federal Law Minister Maula Bakash Chandio placed in the National Assembly details of MPs having foreign accounts and assets. Communication Minister Arbab Alamgir and his spouse Asma Alamgir Khan, Fakhrunisa, Engineer Mohammad Tariq have assets in Dubai while Engineer Usman Tariq and Muneer Orakzai have assets in Qatar. Malik Jameel owns accounts in Holland and Ch Zahid Iqbal in London. Farah Naz Isfahani, Gul Mohammad Laat, Abdul Nabi and Mohammad Ghufran own assets in UAE. Interior Minister Rehman Malik has assets and accounts in London, Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghauri owns accounts in Dubai, Muhammad Jamil Malik in Holland, Khawaja Sohail Mansoor has assets and accounts in Canada and US, Begum Ishrat Ashraf has accounts and assets in the UK. The locations of assets and accounts of Fehmida Mirza, Malk Azmat Khan, Salahuddin, Kishan Chand Parwani and Adnan Khan are not known as they did not indicate the country where they have their assets and accounts. Tariq Azeem has 21,272 pounds in UK, Ishaq Dar has UAE Dirham 153,038, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh Rs2.5 million in Washington and Rs5 million in Dubai, Azam Swati has $487,000 in US, Muneer Ahmed Orakzai QR 12,636, Khawaja Asif has UAE DHS 74,146.94 in UAE and US$20,718.20 in New York, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah has 4,736 pounds sterling and Dr Araish Kumar has Canadian $2 lakh in Canada. It is interesting to note that about two months back, Raza Hayat Hiraj MNA, moved a private bill in the National Assembly to impose a bar on those with assets outside the country. Now after he has become a minister of state with PML-Q joining the coalition government with PPP, his bill has been technically killed in the relevant parliamentary committee. Since Raza Hayat Hiraj is now a minister of state, as a member of the cabinet, he cannot move any bill in the capacity of a member.