Urgency made FM Qureshi falsify PM Imran’s austerity claim?
Sept 15, 2018
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday left Pakistan to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Pakistan Air Force plane whereas PTI Chief Imran Khan has promised not to spend money on foreign tours and if necessary then travel in economy class. But FM Qureshi defied his leader’s claim and went to Kabul on PAF jet. A journalist Umar Cheema shared a picture on Twitter in which FM Qureshi is descending from a offical jet in Kabul.
Another tweet about the FM’s tour was posted from the PTI’s official account in which most of the Twitter users and followers instead of discussing the tour, objected to the use of official plane by the FM.
For example, after taking oath as Punjab CM, Sardar Usman Buzdar along with his family members had used an official helicopter for his private tour to Mian Channu in Khanewal district to condole with a friend on the demise of the latter’s father. He also travelled to Islamabad from Lahore by helicopter. The CM and his family also used a official helicopter to visit the shrine of Baba Fareed in Pakpattan.
Ganja Sharif lived like a moghal badshah. ! He did not "practice" austerity !Interestingly, the KP Assembly spent three times more on foreign visits of its members and staff as compared to legislators in the Punjab during the last five years. The data shows the KP Assembly, which had 124 members, spent Rs53.6 million on foreign tours and over 60 members of the KP Assembly embarked on state-funded foreign tours.Sharif undertook 10 foreign trips in 2013, 11 in 2014, 23 in 2015 and 9 each in 2016 and 2017. Nawaz Sharif spent more time abroad than in the assembly. According to data, the premier spent a total of 185 days abroad during 65 foreign tours with accompanying staff of 631 officers which cost the exchequer Rs638.27 million.By contrast, the former premier visited the National Assembly just 35 times during his 940 days in power.