LAHORE - Appreciating the decision of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to suspend membership of over 150 parliamentarians for their failure to submit details of their assets, the All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran has asked the ECP to also impose heavy penalty on violators, as their wrong attitude impacts public badly. The APAT general secretary Naeem Mir demanded the Election Commission to investigate those parliamentarians, who are living beyond their stated income and assets. If their living style is beyond their income, it means they have hidden their assets and are not paying full tax, he said. When parliamentarians are evading tax, how they would convince the public to pay tax, he put the query.He said that it is shocking that after the issuance of a notification containing their names, the MPs cannot perform duty as legislators and there is a question mark on the status of those having the ministerial slots. Their suspension will end only after they comply with the legal requirement and file their statements of assets and liabilities and those of their dependents to the Election Commission. “The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should not only suspend the membership for not filing details of their assets but also impose a heavy fine on them, as they are enjoying several privileges on taxpayers’ money.”He suggested that ECP to also make public comparative details of assets of MPs annually. And if their assets grow extraordinarily, an investigation should be started and upon finding them guilty they should be unseated for miss-declaration of their assets. It is to be noted that presently there is no penalty for the violators, though a proposal is being considered by the Election Commission to introduce some penalty such as withdrawal of TA/DA or deduction from their salary for the days they remained suspended.