Islamabad: Pakistan Election Commission data shows that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which is in power at present, was among the "poorest" political parties in the country during financial year of 2010-11.

The Election Commission on Wednesday released details of assets of all political parties for the financial year 2010-11, a Pakistani daily reported.

The PPP, registered under the name of PPP-Parliamentarians, had only Rs.435,397 in its account till June 30, 2010, with no immovable property anywhere in the country. The PPP said it spent only Rs 348 during the entire financial year.

It is important to note that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also leading the ruling party, is facing serious charges of corruption and the country’s Supreme Court on many occasions asked the government to get details of money stashed by him in Swiss banks. For failing to abide by the court’s directive, former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was convicted by the Apex Court after which he resigned as Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMl-Q) was among the richest parties. It had assets worth Rs.51.91 million, which included a house worth Rs.23 million in Islamabad. The PML-Q spent Rs.11.9 million during the financial year.

The newspaper said that the PML-Nawaz also mentioned the same property among its assets worth Rs.33.5 million. The PML-N's party office in Karachi is worth Rs.50 million and it also has Rs.6.3 million in its bank accounts in Islamabad.

The Awami National Party said it has a fixed asset of Rs.27.22 million while the Jamaat-i-Islami showed a bank balance of Rs.5.4 million. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf said it has immovable assets worth Rs.4 million and Rs.32.62 million in its bank account. Almost all the amount was contributed by Imran himself.


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