KARACHI: The rates of property in Karachi have gone down over the last couple of years but not that much that someone may purchase a flat in lakhs.
The average residential apartment in DHA and Clifton areas of the port city ranges from Rs 6 millions to 10 millions but many may surprise that a flat owned by Khushbakht Shujaat, a nominee from Karachi, situated in Shangrila residential apartments Clifton is worth just Rs 400,000 as per the nomination papers displayed on the website of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
A glance over her nomination papers shows that she has purchased two plots in Bahria Town Islamabad worth Rs 576,000 much below the price of her Toyota car of model 2006 which is Rs. 1025000.
This might not be an effort to conceal assets as she has already shown her total assets of worth Rs 18,493,820 including property, vehicles, jewelry, furniture and other assets on her own name as on 30th June of the financial year 2012 but the price of the flat is certainly not more than 8 months rent paid by tenants in the same area.
It is pertinent to note that the nomination form contains a declaration in which the nominee declares by saying: “I do hereby solemnly declare that the above statement of assets and liabilities of myself, my source(s), dependents as on 20th June 2012 is correct and complete and nothing has been concealed”.
The candidates of forthcoming elections have already declared it a very difficult form. The form, which to them seems to be designed by NAB and not ECP, cannot be filled without hiring the services of lawyers because any incorrect statement may cause them rejection.
Meanwhile, like other provinces of the country, the scrutiny process of nomination forms in Sindh continued for the second consecutive day in which the returning officers tried to judge the ‘faithful’ by asking about the number of their spouses, recitation of Kalma Tayyaba, Dua-e-Qunoot and date of birth of the founder of the nation etc.
Some of the nominees were also asked to recite any Surah while others were asked as how many Raka’ats were there in the Fajjar prayers.
Published on March 3 2013