Pakistan’s Finance Minister Miftah Ismail revealed on Wednesday that former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s helicopter from his home in Bani Gala to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat has cost the national treasury 550 million rupees in three years and eight months, local media reported. .
Notably, the former prime minister used a helicopter to travel to his office almost every day when he was in power, and the said money was spent on the fuel consumed by the helicopter, Samaa TV reported.
Shortly after taking power, Khan was also criticized for using a helicopter for his daily commute. However, the then Information Minister, Fawad Chaudry, had defended Khan by claiming that the commute cost only 55 PKR per kilometer.
However, disproving Chaudhry’s claims, Ismail said he had the documentary evidence to back up his statement, the media outlet reported.
The finance minister also said the former Pakistani government Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has left a huge circular debt in the energy sector and created a PKR 400 billion circular debt in the natural gas sector.
Meanwhile, the capping of oil prices, amounting to a subsidy of PKR 150 billion per month, by the government of Imran Khan towards the end of her tenure has also become a major concern for the current government, which sees it as a trap. to sabotage the Shehbaz. The Sharif-led government, The News International reported, citing an official source.
According to the source, oil prices have become Hobson’s choice for the government as no budgeting is possible with a subsidy of more than 150 billion PKR on oil alone, but raising oil prices according to international market rates will create a strong public evoke response.