The wives of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his predecessor Imran Khan are richer than their husbands, according to the statements of assets filed with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the fiscal year ending on June 30 of 2020. Nusrat Shehbaz, the first wife of the incumbent Prime Minister, has wealth worth 230.29 million PKR and owns nine agricultural properties and one house each in Lahore and Hazara divisions. Shehbaz Sharif has wealth worth 104.21 million PKR with a liability of 141.78 million PKR. The wealth of his second wife, Tehmina Durrani, has hovered around 5.76 million for several years, the statements submitted with the ECP show.
Notably, Nusrat Shehbaz was last year charged by an accountability court in Lahore in a money laundering reference filed by the country`s National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The statements of assets filed for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2020, with the ECP revealed that Imran Khan owns four goats worth 200,000 PKR and possesses six properties, the most prominent of which is his 300-kanal villa in Banigala, reports Dawn news. Khan reportedly also owns inherited properties, including a house in Lahore`s Zaman Park, around 600 acres of farmland as well as non-agricultural land, the statements showed.
Khan neither owns a vehicle nor property outside Pakistan, does not have any investment, and has more than 60 million PKR in bank accounts, apart from $329,196 and 518 pounds in Pakistani foreign currency accounts. His wife Bushra Bibi`s net worth is 142.11 million PKR, the statements revealed, adding that she owns four properties, including a house in Banigala, Dawn news reported.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has 13 properties in the country valued at PKR 98 million, owns one vehicle worth PKR 7.5 million and has around PKR 16 million cash in hand or in banks, ANI report said. His wife reportedly owns 100 tolas of gold. Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his wife own two houses in Islamabad and 40 tolas of gold.
Pakistan People`s Party chairperson and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, however, is among the declared billionaires, having a total wealth worth of 1.6 billion PKR. The bulk of his wealth remains outside the country, IANS report said.
1 shot dead, 12 injured as violence erupts in Karachi during by-election
One person was shot dead and 12 others were injured as violence erupted in Karachi on Thursday during a by-election. Clashes took place between the rival factions of the now defunct Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party during the NA-240 (Korangi Karachi II) by-election. A police official said the religious party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), was also involved in some of the incidents of violence. “Clashes mainly took place between workers and leaders of the competing parties, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P),” the official said, adding that in some areas, TLP workers also opened fire.
All the three parties later accused one other of poll rigging and inciting violence during the polling held for the NA-240 constituency, which covers the heavily populated areas of Landhi and Korangi.
These areas and constituencies have remained a stronghold of the defunct MQM for years.
Police surgeon Dr Summaiya Syed said the casualties were brought to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) from the Landhi area.
She said a person identified as Saifuddin Kaleem was brought dead to JPMC with bullet injuries on his head, while 12 others were brought with injuries mostly caused due to bullet shots or by hard and blunt instruments.
The by-polls in the National Assembly constituency was necessitated after the seat fall vacant following the death of MQM-P MNA Iqbal Muhammad Ali in April.
A total of 309 polling stations and 1,236 polling booths were set up for elections in the constituency. Mainly dominated by Urdu speakers, the constituency has a moderate number of pockets of residents of other linguistic groups.
With a total of 25 candidates in the run, among the main contestants include Muhammad Abu Bakar of the MQM-P, Shahzada Shahbaz of the TLP, Nasir Rahim of the PPP, Shabbir Ahmed Qaimkhani of PSP, Syed Rafiuddin of MQM with a number of independent candidates. Hours before the polling, the PML-N announced to withdraw from the process in favour of the PPP.