ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan’s six foreign trips undertaken from September 18 to Nov 20 cost the national exchequer Rs40.381 million.
However the single visit of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2016 to the UK for treatment that cost the national kitty Rs 34.5 million in plane charges and the total cost exceeded Rs 60 million.
Documents the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared with the National Assembly showed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in an special plane went to the UK on May 22, 2016 for treatment. As the PM stayed back there for the surgical procedure, the special plane returned. The special plane again went to the UK on July 9, 2016 to bring Nawaz Sharif back.
The Foreign Ministry’s documents showed the VVIP flight cost the exchequer Rs34.5 million.
On the other hand, the details of expenditures incurred on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s six foreign trips show these cost the national kitty just Rs40.381 millions.
The breakup of the details shows the Prime Minister’s one-day trip to Saudi Arabia cost Rs3.09 million while the visit to Abu Dhabi cost Rs0.4 million.
An amount of Rs0.87 millions were spent on the two-day visit to Saudi Arabi from the exchequer. Out of the six visits, PM’s 5-day trip to China proved to be the most expensive one. It cost Rs24.4 million to the national kitty.
The second trip to Abu Dhabi in November this year cost Rs3.9 million while Imran Khan’s visit to Malaysia cost Rs7.5 million.