Zardari restrains Sindh CM from implementing salary raise order

  • Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah on Saturday approved a summary to increase salaries of lawmakers

KARACHI – Pakistan Peoples Party’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari taking notice of the massive increase in salaries of Sindh’s legislators has barred the chief minister from implementing the order.

Senior party leader Farhatullah Babar said the former president had directed Murad Ali not to implement the order due to the crumbling economic situation of the country, local media reported.

On Saturday, the Sindh CM in an absurd move in a country battling hefty loans and economic crisis approved a summary to increase his own salary by more than 300 percent.

Earlier the chief minister used to draw Rs35000, which has now been increased to Rs150,000. The house rent and maintenance allowance now stands at Rs140,000.

The decision came after the provincial assembly recently approved a bill for an increase in the salaries of members of the provincial assembly.

Salary, allowances, perks, and privileges of each lawmaker of the Sindh Assembly have also jumped from Rs72,600 to Rs145,000 per month with effect from July 1, 2017.

Official documents show the salary of the speaker has been increased from Rs80,000 to Rs150,000. The deputy speaker will now get Rs140,000 instead of Rs70,000.

The government has also approved a staggering increase of up to 50 percent in basic salary of each MPA.