Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab PPP, while talking to media here today said that there was no bar to increase legitimate assets by the politicians when they were not holding public office.
He added that the Prime Minister and other holder of public offices should also declare their and their immediate family members’ assets in the foreign country.
He pointed out that the Prime Minister or other Cabinet members should not engage themselves in business propositions for personal gains due to the conflict of interest adding this was the established practice in developed democracies.
He called upon the Election Commission of Pakistan to seek the details of the assets from the potential parliamentarians as written by him in his biography(Jurm-e-Siyasat) at page 367. The furnishing of details of assets by the Parliamentarians will curb the temptation of amassing money, he observed. It would change the political landscape of the country in favor of the common people, he predicted.
He said that he had mentioned the details of his assets in the book, consisting inherited property and also the details of the property, moveable and immoveable, after holding official positions beginning from district chairman to the chief Minister of Punjab and the Federal Minister.
He added that he had also mentioned under oath that there was no property of any worth of him or his immediate family members in the foreign countries.
He stated that details of his and his family member’s assets were comprehensively given in his book explaining both increase and decrease of assets from 1985 to 2013 during which he was holding various official positions and was also member of the provincial and National Assembly.