Tue. Dec 10th, 2019

Debt Commission to probe Nawaz, Zardari’s spending on trips, security and treatments

Aftab Ahmed

Islamabad:The government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has referred a case of former rulers including Nawaz and Zardari to Inquiry Commission on Debt to probe lavish spending on foreign trips, security and medical treatments.

Inquiry Commission on Debt will look into unauthorized expenditure incurred on camp offices, security, foreign visits, unjustified use of official airplanes and use of public resources by families of former heads of state and heads government during 2008-2018.

Sources told Newztodays.com that the government has also directed all ministries and divisions to verify their own record and identify such spending pertaining to their divisions and ministries and inform commission of Inquiry on Debt for further action. Aviation Division will also put up details of lost business opportunities due to use of Pakistan International Airplanes during 2008-2018.

The decision was taken in a meeting of cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on July 16.

The cabinet was informed that the huge amount of public funds had been spent on maintaining camp offices at various places and on the security. Profuse spending of public money on security, maintenance of private places and travelling was unanimously condemned.

The cabinet was of the considered view that such wasteful expenditure needs a thorough probe at appropriate level and public funds used without any lawful authority should be retrieved from the beneficiaries. So, cabinet decided to refer the issue to the Inquiry Commission on Debt to investigate the issue.

According to details submitted to cabinet, an amount of Rs245 million was spent on the security of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani’s five camp offices out of which three were located in Lahore and two in Multan.

Former President Asif Ali Zardari

Former president Asif Ali Zardari also spent Rs3.164 billion on his personal security and entertainment. As many as over 650 law enforcement personnel were deployed to maintain his security at the time when he was not even the president.

Zardari had had 246 cars on the pretext of security in 2015. In 2016 he had fled the country, in 2017 he had 164 cars, and in 2018 he had 158 cars.

Foreign trips

Former President Asif Ali Zardari had spent Rs 1.42 billion on 134 foreign visits during 2008 to 2013. He remained out of country for 257 days and was accompanied by 3227 delegation members.

In year 2008, he spent Rs 145.5 million on 11 trips. As many as 261 delegation members were accompanied by him and spent 22 days out of country. In year 2009, he spent Rs 388 million during his 55-day stay abroad on 31 foreign visits. As many as 849 delegation members were accompanied by him.

In Year 2010, an amount of Rs 120.5 million was spent on his 19 trips and remained 38 days abroad along with 448 delegations members. In Year 2011, he spent Rs 211.7 million on 31 trips and remained 51 days abroad. As many as 731 delegation members were accompanied by him.

In year 2012, Zardari spent Rs 405.9 million on 29 foreign tips during 57-day stay abroad. He had a company of 717 delegation members. In year 2013, he spent Rs 149.9 million on 13 trips. As many as 221 delegation members were accompanied by him and spent 34 days out of country.

Former premier Nawaz Sharif

Former premier Nawaz Sharif spent $460,000 on his official tour to the United States during 2015. In 2016, Nawaz underwent a medical treatment in London and spent 327,000 pounds from the public exchequer. A special PIA flight was used for his arrival and departure.

Foreign trips

Former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif spent Rs 1.83 billon on 92 foreign trips during his stay in government during 2013 to 2017. During these years, he remained abroad for 262 days and was accompanied by 3227 delegation members. In 2013, he spent Rs 219.6 million on 14 foreign trips and remained 40 days out of country. He was accompanied by 245 delegation members.

In year 2014, he spent Rs 281.9 million during his stay for 49 days abroad on 18 foreign visits. As many as 411 delegation members had joined him. In Year 2015, he spent Rs 460 million on 29 trips and remained 55 days abroad along with 725 delegations members. In Year 2016, he spent Rs 494.5 million on 17 trips and remained 83 days abroad.

As many as 475 delegation members were accompanied by him.In year 2017, Sharif spent Rs 378.8 million on 14 foreign tips during 35 days stay abroad. He had a company of 496 delegation members.

Shahbaz Sharif

Jati Umra was made the camp office for former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, while Rs245 million were spent for fencing work at the residence of Nawaz Sharif. In addition, Rs60.6 million were spent for the installation of security cameras at Jati Umra.

Shehbaz Sharif spent Rs8.7269 billion on the security and Rs1.3 billon on the procurement of a new helicopter. Separate security arrangements were made to main security of the wives and sons-in-law of the Sharif family. As many as 2,717 police officers were deputed to maintain the security of Sharif family.

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also spent Rs 259.59 million on 19 foreign trips during his stay in the PML-N government.

Abbasi remained in government during 2017 and 2018.During these years, he spent 50 days out of country on his 19 foreign trips. He had taken 214 delegation members abroad during his 50- day stay. In year 2017, he spent Rs 117.74 million on 9 trips. As many as 109 delegation members were accompanied by him and spent 24 days out of country. In year 2018, he spent Rs 147.8 million during his stay for 26 days abroad on 10 foreign visits.

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