The farewell parties for outgoing Senators costed Pakistan exchequer only Rs 1 crore: Report


*ISLAMABAD:* The farewell parties organised in honour of outgoing Senators have costed nation approximately Rs 1 crore.

Former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani, former opposition leader in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan and others organised farewell parties whose expenditures ran up to Rs 10 million within a week, *reported* <link> a local media outlet on Thursday.

The Finance and Accounts Branch received a letter written by the Senate Secretariat Protocol Branch which explained that Rs 9.841 million were incurred over events hosted by Aitzaz Ahsan, Raza Rabbani and a former deputy Senate chairman.

This amount could be re-appropriated in the Entertainment and Gifts account for 2017-2018 financial year and revised estimates for the budget taking Rs 9.841 million into account have already been submitted, the letter explained.

The events were organised to honour the outgoing senators and staff.

A total of nine dinners and lunches were hosted between March 6 and March 13, 2018 though the March 7 lunch, hosted by the former Senate chairman was the most expensive, costing Rs 2.85 million. A dinner on March 8 cost Rs 1.99 million and an event hosted for the launch of Senate Publications the next day cost Rs 1.26 million.

Similarly, Dinners hosted on March 6 and 7 by former leader of the house Raja Zafarul Haq and former Senate deputy chairman Abdul Ghafoor Haideri respectively, cost Rs 0.52 million each.

Aitzaz Ahsan hosted a lunch on March 8 that cost Rs 0.5 million.