34 parties face disqualification for not submitting accounts
LAHORE: The Election Commission has issued reminders to 34 political parties to submit statements of their accounts within 30 days, failing which they will not be allowed to contest future elections.
The EC on Wednesday also directed 11 political parties to re-submit their statement within 30 days after they had been audited by chartered accountant. It okayed the statements received from 45 parties.
All registered parties have been directed to submit their statements of party accounts, including annual income and expenses, sources of party funds and assets and liabilities.
The Mohajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi)) has moved an application for exemption from the condition on the ground that all its executive committee members are under arrest. The commission directed that the application be routed through the jail superintendent concerned for consideration by the EC in accordance with the law.
The commission also received an application from the chairman of the official Pakistan People’s Party, formed by a merger of the PPP-Sherpao and Patriots group, with accounts for 2003-04. The party’s chairman, Rao Sikandar Iqbal, said the party had only been formed in June 2004 so it could not provide account details from last year.
The 34 parties under threat of disqualification are: ANP, Awami Himayat Tehreek Pakistan, Azmat-e-Islam Movement, Balochistan National Democratic Party, Balochistan National Movement, Ittehad Milli Hazara, Islami Siasi Tehreek, Jamuate Qaumi Movement, Kakar Jamhoori Party Pakistan, Labour Party Pakistan, Markazi Jamaat Ahle Hadith, Mohajir Ittehad Tehreek, National Alliance, National People’s Party (Workers Group), Nizam-e-Mustafa Party, Pakistan Awami Quwat Party, Pakistan Brohi Party, Pakistan Freedom Party, Pakistan Jamhoori Aman Party, Pakistan Progressive Party (Surriya Farman Group), Pakistan Progressive Party, Pakistan Shia Political Party, Pakistan Workers Party, Punjab National Party, Progressive Democratic Party, Qaumi Inqilab Party, Qaumi Jamhoori Party, Sindh Urban Rural Alliance, Tehreek Jamhoriat Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Musawat, Tehreek-e-Hussainia Pakistan, National Awami Party Pakistan, Millat Party and National People’s Party.
The 45 parties declared eligible for the next elections are: JUI (Fazlur Rehman), Pakistan Ittehad Tehreek, JI Pakistan, MMA, Sindh National Front, PPP (Shaheed Bhutto), Pakistan Awami Party, JUP (Niazi), Pak Muslim Alliance, Islami Tehreek Pakistan, PML (Qayyum), Pakistan Saraiki Party, Tehreek-e-Wafaq Pakistan, JUI (Samiul Haq), MQM, Hazara Qaumi Mahaz, National Workers Party, Pakistan Gharib Party, Saraiki Sooba Movement Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Istaqlal, PPPP, PML (Nawaz), PAT, Tameer-e-Pakistan Party, BNP, PTI, JWP, PPP (Sherpao), Markazi Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Fazal Karim), Pakistan Awami Tehreek-e-Inqilab, PML (Functional), PML, Pakistan Democratic Party, Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party Pakistan, Mohib-e-Wattan Nowjwan Inqilabion Ki Anjuman (MNAKA), JUP (Noorani), Istiqlal Party, Jamaat Ahle Hadith Pakistan (Sheikhupuri), PML (Qasim), Jamiat Mushaikh Pakistan, Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith Pakistan (Sajid Mir), Shan-e-Pakistan, Pak Wattan Party and Pakhtoon Khawan Qaumi Party.
The 11 parties asked to resubmit asset details after proper audits are: Baloch National Party (Awami), Pakistan Maqsad Hamayat Tehreek, Pakistan Social Democratic Party, Qaum Tahafuz Party, Mohajir Kashmir Movement, Balochistan National Congress, Markazi Jamait-e-Ahle-Hadith (Lakhvi), Pakistan Hamwatan Party, Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Pakistan (Nifaz-e-Sharia), Pakistan National Front and Sunni Tehreek.