Dirty Tricks Brigade grinds on: “Salary for a Member of NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (MNA) (No wonder we are in this mess)”

The allegations below about Pakistani parliamentarians’ salaries and perks have been emailed around since at least 2006 and found their way into various blogs and websites. I thought the figures appeared to be inflated but didn’t bother digging into the matter until a well-known journalist and women’s rights activist forwarded it from Shaheen Attiq-ur-Rahman (daughter of General Atiq-ur-Rehman, former parliamentarian and a member of the PML-Q). It reminds me of the fraudulent photos circulated allegedly of Benazir Bhutto’s ‘palace’ in Dubai that people kept emailing around… – ‘Dirty Tricks Brigade‘ refers to my article published in Dawn, Jan 9, 2008.

I sent on the email to a parliamentarian I trust for verification: Bushra Gohar of the ANP. See her response below – which I forwarded to my journalist friend some days ago, suggesting that in the interest of fairness she circulate it to her list also (she did so a few days later).

p.s. I also subsequently found this excellent article by Babar Ayaz in the Business Recorder, July 10, 2006, ‘Salaries and perks of elected representatives’, that bears out Bushra Gohar’s comments

From Bushra Gohar, Oct 20:

I really wonder who circulates these. UNDP has done a booklet on the MNAs salaries and perks and privileges. Also, the assembly could provide the breakdowns.

I received roughly Rs. 16,00,000 +- for a year all inclusive. It is about 12000 per month or so more than an MNA because I chair a standing committee. We have to pay for utilities and telephones at the lodge ourselves and I don’t take the business class tickets we are entitled to.

As a chair I am entitled to five support staff, an office and a vehicle with a fixed fuel at 360 litres per month of which I have used less than a 100 litres. The staff assigned to me from the available NA staff pool was highly incompetent and inadequate so have let go of them and will wait till I can get at least one professional. I still am waiting for my office to be ready. Anyway don’t know what it costs to maintain these offices or salaries of the staff assigned to chairs. Similarly the cost incurred to hold assembly sessions.

Thus I would say an MNA gets approx Rs. 120,000-125,000 all inclusive of which the monthly salary is approx. Rs. 35,000 – 40,000. Whereas chairs and parliamentary secretaries get a little more.

Can send details when I get back. However, must say for the corrupt both in and outside the parliament the sky is the limit…Best regards, BG

Below, the email forward that has been doing the rounds since 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Shaheen Attiq-ur-Rahman
Date: Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 6:04 PM
Subject FW: Salary for a Member of NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (MNA) (No wonder we are in this mess)

Salary & Govt. Concessions for a Member of NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (MNA)
Ø Monthly Salary : Rs. 120,000 to 200,000
Ø Expense for Constitution per month: Rs.100,000
Ø Office expenditure per month: Rs.140,000
Ø Traveling concession (Rs. 8 per km) : Rs.48,000 (For a visit to ISLAMABAD & return): 6000 km
Ø Daily BETA during Assembly meets: Rs.500
Ø Charge for 1st class (A/C) in train: Free (For any number of times all over PAKISTAN )
Ø Charge for Business Class in flights: Free for 40 trips / year (With wife or P.A.)
Ø Rent for Govt.. hostel any where: Free
Ø Electricity costs at home: Free up to 50,000 units
Ø Local phone call charge : Free up to 1,70,000 calls
Ø TOTAL expense for a MNA per year : Rs. 32,000,000 Ø TOTAL expense for 5 years : Rs. 1,60,000,000
Ø For 534 MNA, the expense for 5 years : Rs. 85 , 440,000,000 (more than 800 Korores)
And they are elected by THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN, through a democratic process of this world, not intruded into the assembly on their own or by any qualification. This is how all our tax money is been swallowed and price hike on our regular commodities… Think of the great democracy we have……………

One Response

  1. I feel that’s one of the reason that the money earned by the govt. of Pakistan is engulfed by the politicians making the people to live on “as is where is” morality… there should be partiality to some extent as in India. Politicians here too are corrupted but media is very active and don’t let them store the black money at least in India.


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