New PM owns property in Punjab, Sindh, Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The newly-elected Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has no property abroad but owns agricultural land in Punjab and Sindh.

He owns a residence, worth Rs40 million in F-8/4, a shop in Blue Area, Islamabad, valuing Rs15 million, agricultural land, house and a plot in Sindh and Punjab worth Rs7 million and another piece of agricultural land in Sargodha with the estimated value of Rs10 million.

In the statement of assets and liabilities Ashraf filed last year with the Election Commission, which were published in the official gazette this year, he has not mentioned exactly how much agricultural land he owns in Punjab and Sindh.

Besides, he is the owner of a Toyota Land Cruiser and its estimated price is Rs1.8 million unlike his predecessor Yusuf Raza Gilani who does not own a car. The value of gold, which belongs to Raja Ashraf’s spouse is Rs0.4 million. He has receivables worth Rs8 million from his brother. There are no liabilities against him, his spouse or any of his sons or daughters’ names.

The politician from Potohar region, son of Raja Sangar Khan, who was elected from NA-51 in the 2008 general elections, has out rightly denied having committed corruption. Former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani owns a residentialhouse in Multan, valuing Rs6.8 million and a piece of agricultural land worth Rs4.8 million at Mouza Hamidpur Kanora, Tehsil and District Multan, as per information contained in his statement of assets and liabilities submitted with the Election Commission.

Each year, every member of the National Assembly, the Senate and provincial legislatures is bound to submit a statement of his or her own, spouse’s and dependents’ assets to the electoral body under sub-section (1) of section 42A of the Representation of the People Act, 1976. All legislators comply with this and the details of assets make for interesting reading.

Gilani s/o Syed Alamdar Hussain Gilani, besides his house in Gilani Colony, Multan, has no other residence in any part of Pakistan. Moreover, he has no farm land other than the one he mentioned in the statement of assets and liabilities. There has been no mention of how large is the piece of land he owns under the tag of agricultural land in his native district. In the remarks column, he has mentioned that the land was purchased out of savings and cash in hand. There is no indication of when it was purchased.

He owns 200-tola golden ornaments and also has Rs9.249 million cash in banks: his current account is in F-7, Islamabad. There are no liabilities against his name. The estimated value of his furniture, fittings and articles of personal use is worth Rs0.25 million.