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Lawyer for disqualification of non-taxpaying parliamentarians

Lawyer for disqualification of non-taxpaying parliamentarians

ISLAMABAD: The inconsistency in the data provided in the nomination papers of the legislators submitted with the Election Commission of Pakistan and the data provided by the Federal Bureau of Revenue to ECP is expected to be taken up in Islamabad High Court.

Muhammad Azhar Siddique, a senior lawyer has said that he would soon seek disqualification of those MPs who hid their revenues from the FBR. He said that his law firm had minutely studied the report recently launched by Centre for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy Institute and found out that the parliamentarians were under oath while filing the nomination papers and if anyone had wilfully filed wrong information, he could be disqualified according to Article 62 of the Constitution.

Siddique maintained that he had written letters to the ECP and speakers of all the four provincial assemblies and Speaker of National Assembly to move reference against all those who had not filed the correct information in the nomination forms.

He maintained that under the law, the ECP could take action against those who had been mentioned in the report. It is worth mentioning here that according to CIRP report out of 1,070 lawmakers who have been voted into the national and provincial assemblies in the 2013 elections, 47 percent did not pay income tax and 12 percent of these members do not even have a National Tax Number.