PM to stay at residence of Pakistani ambassador during US visit

PM directs to keep prices of essential commodities at reasonable level
Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the Advisor on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Chairman FBR to ensure that prices of essential commodities including flour, ghee and pulses are kept to a reasonable level so that there is no additional burden on people of lower income backgrounds.

He expressed deep concern on the trend of granting extensions in employment to some persons of certain organizations and criteria published in the media to select them.

The Prime Minister said strict action will be taken against the responsible persons of government organizations who show bias or favour while recruiting candidates for public sector jobs.

The cabinet showed concern over the fact that former Federal Minister Khawaja Asif was a salaried employee of a foreign organization during the time of his minister-ship which is not only against his position but also contravened his oath.

The cabinet directed the Interior Ministry to furnish a report after completing investigations of this violation.

The cabinet was given a detailed briefing on number of foreign visits of former President Asif Zardari and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the expenditures incurred to the national exchequer.

Shafqat Mehmood while giving details of the visits said Asif Zardari during his presidency made 134 foreign visits and spent 257 days abroad.

He also took 3,500 people along with him on these trips.

The visits cost 1.42 billion rupees to the national exchequer at a time when the country was under heavy burden of debts.

Shafqat Mehmood said Zardari visited Dubai 51 times and spent 100 million rupees on these visits. Of these, 48 visits were private.

He spent 320 million rupees on 17 visits to the UK.

The Minister said Nawaz Sharif during his time of premiership remained out of country for 262 days.

He spent 1.84 billion rupees on his foreign visits.

Nawaz Sharif visited London 24 times and spent 223.9 million rupees on these trips.

He visited Saudi Arabia 17 times costing 120 million rupees to the treasury.

Shafqat Mahmood said Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting the USA this month on invitation of President Trump.

He said it has been decided that Prime Minister will stay at the residence of Pakistani ambassador to the US to save costs. He said every effort will be made to minimize expenditures during this visit.