Media Watch Desi: Rs. 1.5 million per MNA.
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Faryal Virk calculates the cost of one MNA to the taxpayer at Rs. 1.46 million. That is over seven times Pakistan's per capita GDP. The USA's comes at 3.9 times and Canada's at 3.5 times.
The Exorbitant Cost of Third World Democracy
The National Assembly boasts 39 standing committees. Each standing committee chair is entitled to additional benefits with a cash value in excess of Rs70,000 per month or about Rs864,000 a year.
All these numbers add up to a whopping Rs498 million a year for a little over three months worth of work. The cost per MNA is Rs1.46 million, an amount that is over seven times Pakistan’s per capita GDP.
In comparison, US Congressmen’s salaries are about 3.9 times per capita GDP, while Canada’s legislators come in even lower at 3.5 times GDP per capita. That our MNAs receive salaries and benefits in excess of Rs100,000 a month is not as bothersome as the fact that reliable and comprehensive information is difficult to access.
Pakistan tests indigenously developed UAV
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan has successfully conducted the final test flight of its indigenously developed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Uqaab, an army statement said on Thursday.
The statement said Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, as well as other senior officers and scientists, witnessed the test flight.
The flight data collected during the test indicates that all design parameters have been successfully validated, and the performance of Uqaab can be compared to any modern state of the art UAV, according to the statement.
Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani with the project team on the occasion of final test-flight of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) 'Uqab' on Thursday. (photo credit nation)
Responding to Islamophobia —Farish A Noor
But in reacting to the film the Muslim community worldwide would have to take into account some cautionary points:
For a start, Geert Wilders happens to be a single individual that happens to lead a relatively small (though growing) political movement. In no way can we say that his is the voice of mainstream Dutch society which has historically been critical of racist demagogues and hate-mongers in its midst.
Furthermore it should be remembered that thousands of Dutch citizens have also been active supporters and defenders of the rights of Muslims elsewhere, and that there are hundreds of Dutch NGOs and citizens groups that have been actively campaigning for the political rights of the Palestinians and the people of Iraq during the recent Gulf War. In condemning Wilders for his racist rant, it is absolutely imperative that the Muslim communities of the world restrain from condemning Dutch society in toto, and Westerners in general.