Pakistan PM Imran Khan  |  Photo Credit score: Twitter
- ‘Two of his associates and well-known businessmen Ikram Sehgal and Imran Chaudhry funded the Davos journey’
- ‘I might not have burdened my authorities to pay a sum of USD 450,000 for 2 nights’
- ‘This journey price 10 occasions lower than these of the earlier leaders’
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s latest go to to Davos, Switzerland for World Financial Discussion board (WEF) was sponsored by two of his associates and well-known businessmen Ikram Sehgal and Imran Chaudhry.
Calling it his “least expensive” official go to, Imran Khan mentioned his journey price 10 occasions lower than these of the earlier leaders, reported Daybreak information.
Addressing the ‘Breakfast at Davos’, an occasion collectively organised by Pathfinder Group and Martin Dow Group on Thursday, Khan recalled that his journey to the UN Basic Meeting final November was the least pricey with USD 160,000 as in comparison with former President Asif Zardari’s USD 1.four million expenditure, former premier Nawaz Sharif’s USD 1.three million and even USD 800,000 of former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Thanking Sehgal, a retired navy officer and chairman of the Pathfinder Group, Khan mentioned he was instrumental in getting him to Davos.
“In any other case, I might not have burdened my authorities to pay a sum of USD 450,000 for 2 nights,” mentioned Khan whereas addressing the ‘Breakfast at Davos’.
That is maybe for the primary time that bills of a main minister’s official journey have been lined by personal residents or businessmen.
Calling it an “austerity programme”, Khan mentioned the federal government ought to depend on the over 9 million Pakistanis who’re residing abroad.
“The GDP of these 9 million abroad Pakistanis, in my view, is nearly 50 per cent of Pakistan’s (general) GDP of 200 million individuals. So we will use this useful resource they usually can sponsor this stuff,” IANS quoted Khan as saying.
Reiterating his authorities’s austerity drive, the PM mentioned that he had additionally stopped his ministers from occurring junkets.
At any time when they are saying they wish to go someplace, I instantly cancel the journey till they persuade me that will probably be productive for the nation, mentioned Khan including that he doesn’t permit them to go wherever.
It requires an invite to attend the WEF annual assembly which then is free or the particular person must be a member of the WEF. A membership prices about USD 60,000 to USD 600,000, plus an extra price is required to get an attendance badge, which prices about USD 27,000 per particular person.
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