Thursday, 21 August 2014

Defaulters in the Prime Minister's Office

The image reproduced above is obtained from the website of Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO), the electricity distribution company that supplies electricity to the districts of Nankana, Sheikhupura, Lahore, Kasur, and Okara in Pakistan:

The displayed list shows the top 200 defaulters of LESCO as of 31 July 2014. At No.9 is listed Ittefaq Foundries, one of the largest steel mills in the country led by Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Evidently, Ittefaq Foundries has not paid PKR 40 Million to LESCO for using electricity in the last 103 months. 103 months account to more than 8 years, long before Nawaz Sharif became Prime Minister in 2013.

Article 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan states: (1) A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if (o) he or his spouse or any of his dependents has defaulted in payment of government dues and utility expenses, including telephone, electricity, gas and water charges in excess of ten thousand rupees, for over six months, at the time of filing his nomination papers.

Isn't it amazing that a defaulter was allowed to contest elections, and ironically holds the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan today!

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