Ahsan Iqbal, Khawaja Asif, Azam Swati, Asad Umar among 271 MPs suspended by ECP.

ISLAMABAD -- The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday suspended the membership of 271 members of the National Assembly, Senate and provincial assemblies for failing to submit details of their financial statements.

The suspended members include 136 from the parliament's Lower House and 21 from the Upper House.

The electoral authority has also suspended the membership of provincial assembly members including 48, 12 and 54 from Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa respectively.

Every member of an assembly and senate is liable to submit relevant details of their assets and liabilities to the election commission before December 31 every year. The members must also disclose the financial statements of their spouse and dependent children on Form-B every year on June 30.

If the members fail to submit relevant details, their membership will be suspended as a result until they file their statement to the commission. Following the suspension, members won't be able to participate in meetings, in addition to partaking in legislation including the vote of confidence.

"In pursuance of sub-section (3) of Section 137 ibid and in the exercise of all other powers enabling it on that behalf, the Election Commission is pleased to notify hereunder, for information of the general public, the names of members of the Senate who have failed to file their statement of assets and liabilities including assets and liabilities," the ECP notification...

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