Khawaja Asif seeks details of salaries paid to PTI MNAs during 2014 sit-in

  • Khawaja Asif took oath as foreign minister on Friday

ISLAMABAD – Khawaja Muhammad Asif, who became foreign minister on Friday, has written a letter seeking details of salaries and allowances received by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers despite tendering the resignations during sit-ins of 2014, Dawn News reported.

In the letter addressing to National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, he has sought details, including all types of payments to the legislators and the amount withdrawn and deposited in the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund during the said period, under the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 (XCVI of 2002).

It has been further asked in the letter whether the PTI lawmakers had deposited all received amount in the PM fund.

It is important to mention here that PTI staged sit-in in 2014 protesting the alleged rigging in 2013 General Elections and its 30 out of 34 MNAs tendered resignation to put pressure on the PML-N government on August 22, 2014.

After submitting resignations, the members did not attend the parliament session till January 2015, but later they came back after successful dialogue with the incumbent government.

Upon their return to the National Assembly, they were given the suspended salaries and allowances of five months.

According to some media reports, PTI lawmakers drew an amount of Rs20 million as salaries during that period but deposited to PM Relief Fund.

However, PTI chief Imran Khan had reportedly donated all his salary to Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital.