Despite Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s clear directive to his cabinet members that retaining two government accommodations at a time was a malpractice, as many as 24 Ministers and other top government officials are enjoying the dual facility in capital Islamabad.

According to reports, apart from the federal and state ministers, the National Assembly Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are also occupying dual government accommodations in gross violation of rules.

Besides, the two top coalition partner’s leaders, Asfandyar Wali Khan (ANP) and Maulana Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) are also violating the rules by occupying dual accommodation facilities.

Gilani had clearly directed his cabinet members that those causing loss to national exchequer by enjoying the facility of two government residences in the Federal Capital should quit one accommodation of their own choice.

“The Prime Minister had firmly said on the floor of the House that those who did not follow the direction would be asked to do so adding ‘they should to make a choice either to quit the cabinet or one official residence’”, The Nation quoted an MNA of the ruling party, as saying.

It is a legal and ethical binding for a particular minister that when he takes charge of his portfolio, he should either vacate flat allotted to him in the Parliament Lodge as MNA or he does not avail the residence in theMinisters’ Enclave.


It is either or, rules say.

However, a large number of ministers despite getting houses in the Ministers’ Enclave have not bothered to vacate their accommodations in the Parliament Lodges, which is causing loss to the national exchequer and negating the tall claims of Prime Minister that the incumbent government was focusing to reduce its own expenditures and was pursuing austerity measures.

The ministers and political personalities who possessed two government accommodations one in the Parliament Lodges and the other in Minister’s Enclave, included:

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira,
Minister for Housing and Works Rehmat Ullah Kakar,
Federal Minister for Population and Welfare Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan,
Federal Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education Samina Khalid Ghurki,
Federal Minister for Youth Affairs Shahid Hussain Bhutto,
Deputy Speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi,
Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza,
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi,
Federal Minister for Petroleum Syed Naveed Qamar,
Minister of State for Shipping Sardar Nabil Ahmed Gabol,
Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour,
Chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Program Farzana Raja,
Federal Minister for Industries and Production Mian Manzoor Ahmad Watto,
Minister of State for Finance Hina Rabbani Khar,
Defense Minister Ch Ahmad Mukhtar,
Federal Minister for Science & Tech Muhammad Azam Khan Swati,
Minister for Food & Agriculture Nazar Muhammad Gondal,
Minister of State for Interior Tasnim Ahmed Qureshi,
Minister for Planning and Development Makhdoom Shahab-ud-Din,
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Najamuddin Khan,
Federal Minister for Textile Industry Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan,
Asfandyar Wali Khan a prominent leader of Awami National Party (ANP),
Sardar Latif Khosa Former Attorney General
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam.

It has also emerged that although the above-mentioned ministers are not residing in flats allotted to them in the Parliament Lodges, yet their personal assistants, relatives and close aides hailing from their constituencies were residing there.

A senior officer in the administration on condition of anonymity told the paper that the kin of the ministers residing there and their frequent movement in the Parliament Lodge was a security threat for the MNAs living there in the prevailing condition of law and order. Beside, there are a number of MNAs who have been waiting for their turn to getgovernment accommodation in the Parliament Lodges. But all their efforts are in vain so far due to the influence of the ministers.

Earlier, a few days ago a case surfaced when a ruling party’s minister refused to vacate his flat in the Parliament Lodges in spite of the fact that the residence was officially allotted to Palwasha Khan, an MNA of the ruling PPP.