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Pak MPs: Rich and famous, but homeless!

Over 100 members of Pakistan's National Assembly have no homes to declare.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 15:44 IST

Rich and famous, religious leaders and landlords - over 100 members of Pakistan's National Assembly (MNAs) have no homes to declare.

The News newspaper, that earlier carried a list of those with no cars, said that more than 80 MNAs have declared they have no house of their own while more than two dozens claim to share shelter.

In their asset declarations notified by the Election Commission, several ministers, including Faisal Saleh Hayat, did not declare any house. He owns 199.68 acres of land, but did not mention having any shelter.

Health Minister Nasir Khan, whose "Happy Home" in Gulberg, Lahore, is too prominent to notice, also did not show any house in his declaration, the newspaper observed.

Among the ministers and ministers of state, Awais Leghari, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Hina Rabbani Khar, Wasi Zafar and Hamid Yar Hiraj declared enough property but no house.

Wasi Zafar had a house but he gifted it to his two sons. Some religious leaders belonging to the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), on the other hand, hardly had anything to declare, let alone a house.

An extreme example: Maulana Muhammad Qasim does not have a house but declared having two beds, two tables and six chairs.

Shah Abdul Aziz had absolutely nothing to declare; Maulana Abdul Malik and Muhammad Mirajuddin declared they had neither a house nor any furniture, fitting and articles (FFA); and Qari Hameedullah Khan had just Rs 1.1 million to declare, which he had accumulated from his pay, allowances and traveling allowance and daily allowance (TA/DA) as a member of the National Assembly - but no house.

Among those having shared houses included Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, who heads the Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) and MP Bhandara, the Parsi MNA who owns Pakistan's only privately owned distillery.

First Published: May 24, 2006 13:44 IST