Ex-rulers made lavish foreign trips on taxpayers’ money

PM vows accountability for money spent in previous regimes

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ISLAMABAD

Taking notice of a complaint of a senior citizen, Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to abolish the mandatory condition of biometric verification for availing CNIC, mobile SIM and opening of bank accounts to facilitate the persons with missing or damaged fingerprints.PM Imran directed National Database and Registration Authority chairman to initiate the process and complete it within the assigned timeline of 30 days.

According to a statement issued from Prime Minister’s Office, a task in this regard will be created against Ministry of Interior via Task Management System to pursue the case. For any other consultation and clarity, Deputy Secretary (PMDU) will be the focal person to provide assistance.

Certain segment of the society on account of having missing or damaged fingerprints had to face inconvenience in availing secures like ID cards, mobile SIM, passport, opening of bank account etc, read the statement. The statement further said, it is despite the fact that NADRA has already issued a circular to its client organizations to rely on their varisys system while dealing with such cases of amputations and missing fingerprints.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the former government functionaries enjoyed luxurious foreign visits on taxpayers money but the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government will hold them accountable for every spent penny. The premier issued the comments during the cabinet meeting. The ministers were briefed on the expenses incurred during the foreign trips. It was told that during the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) government as much as Rs .84 billion was spent on foreign state tours, while Rs1.42 billion was spent on former president Asif Ali Zardari’s tours.

The premier after the briefing said that despite such massive spending what good nation got? I will question them for every spent penny he said.  On 17 visits of Asif Zardari to the United Kingdom, Rs 320 million was spent, he added. The minister said Nawaz Sharif had spent 262 days in foreign countries during his four-year term as prime minister. He wasted Rs 30 million on tips and Rs 60 million on gifts. He had undertaken 24 visits of London, out of which 20 were of private nature, and spent Rs 230 million from the public exchequer.

He said the financial loss caused by the two (Zardari and Nawaz) did not end here as the Pakistan International Airline had also suffered the loss of Rs 300 to 400 million according to preliminary estimates on account of chartering of its aero planes. He said other prime ministers during the tenures of both parties, including Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of the PML-N, and Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf of the PPP had also plundered the national wealth through their foreign trips.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has curtailed the authority of his Finance Advisor Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.  As per details, the portfolio of the Revenue Division was taken back from the advisor. According to the notification, Hammad Azhar has been given the charge of the Federal Minister of Revenue Division.  Lauding Hammad Azhar’s performance during the budget session in the National Assembly, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said he (Hammad) had earned the federal ministry for emerging as a young leader with great composure.

Moreover,  Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again expressed his commitment to hold all those accountable who looted public money in previous regimes. As per details, the meeting of Federal Cabinet under PM’s chair took notice of the Iqama and employment of former minister Khawaja Asif in Dubai. The cabinet decided to investigate the matter why Khawaja Asif was working for a foreign firm for Rs 1 million when he was holding the portfolio of defense minister. Cabinet briefing revealed that the former rulers made luxury foreign tours on public money. PM questioned during the meeting what benefit the nation got from these tours.

PM once again vowed accountability for money spent in previous regimes.

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