ISLAMABAD - Dawar Khan Kundi, one of the poorest lawmakers among PTI’s parliamentarians in National Assembly, went on Eid shopping and spent the entire money he had in pocket after getting seven-month salaries from the lower house.

Dawar Kundi was celebrating the happiest moment since elected as MNA after he got Rs680,000 from National Assembly, that he and his other colleagues had boycotted for seven months on the instruction of Chairman PTI Imran Khan after he unleashed his anti-government agitation in August last year.

For Kundi, the seven salaries from National Assembly were the biggest chunk of money he ever had witnessed since he was elected as MNA from Tank district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

With his pocket full of money, Kundi along with his party fellow and MNA Sheharyar Khan Afridi rushed to the fabulous shopping mall (Centaurus) in Islamabad on shopping extravaganza buying enough stuff for himself and his friends ahead of Eid.

The young lawmaker had not anticipated that he would be soon asked by Chairman Imran to return the money (salaries) he had got from National Assembly. “I spent what I had in my pocket. It looks as if I have to borrow the money again from somebody only to refund it to the National Assembly. After all I have to obey my party head,” MNA Dawar Khan Kundi, former student activist, told this reporter on Friday.

After reaching home, MNA Kundi found that he had few thousands of money left in his ATM. Unaware about the decision of the 72-member central advisory council of PTI that asked its MNAs to return the salaries they got from the lower house, Kundi is informed that he has to deposit back in the account of National Assembly.

It was actually the mounting criticism from all quarters that triggered Imran Khan to direct his party parliamentarians to return the money to National Assembly. “Not all party MNAs are as rich as Jahangir Khan Tareen (general secretary) or MNA Arif Alvi. There are some lawmakers who virtually have zero monthly income except the salary they get from the house,” another PTI MNA remarked.

Meanwhile, The Nation learnt reliably that three MNAs of PTI continued to get monthly salaries from National Assembly Secretariat at a time when the entire lawmakers of PTI had stayed away from attending session of the lower house.