ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) turned over details of the assets of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and his party to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday.
The ECP made the information available to the FIA a day after the agency initiated an investigation against him. The FIA has also asked the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to provide details about Dr Qadri and his party’s tax returns.
This action by the FIA puts into perspective a statement issued by Information Minister Pervez Rashid on Tuesday, when he said, “Dr Qadri came to the country of his own accord, but he will leave when the law permits it.”
According to the details released by the ECP, Dr Qadri had submitted records of assets amounting to Rs9.9 million ($100,300 US) in 2004. At the time, he had Rs33,000 ($334) in his bank account and owned a house worth Rs3.3m ($33,4000) along with a plot of land.
According to the information provided by Dr Qadri to the ECP in 2004, he did not own any property outside Pakistan. As per the details declared, he did not own a car at the time either.
His party’s assets, declared in 2004, amounted to Rs338,000 ($3,400) and the monthly income declared was Rs160,000 ($1,600), while monthly expenditures were estimated at Rs200,000 ($2,020).
He and his party did not take part in the 2013 elections and therefore, the records are not up-to-date.
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I assume, but am not positive, that all income and assets are from Pakistan and do not include anything he earns outside the country. He has a great many supporters and I find it hard to believe that he is broke. He should be returned whence he came, post-haste.