Government officials claimed that PM Imran Khan’s foreign visits were most economical as compared to his predecessors. PM Khan payed a three-day visit to Switzerland with his delegation to attend the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) summit. According to a press release by the PID (Press Information Department), the estimated spending on the visit was around $68,000.
The PID said the previous governments of Nawaz Sharif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and Yousaf Raza Gillani spent lavishly on their Swiss visits, while PM Khan’s visit will cost only a fraction of that amount.
According to the figures presented by the PID, the past government spent excessively on their Davos visits, costing the national exchequer heavily. These are the figures presented:
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif spent the most. The figures amount to almost $762,199 million.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the second prime minister during PMLN’s tenure, spent $561,381 million.
PPP’s Yousaf Raza Gillani spent $459,451 million.
These statistics were also shared by Minister of State for Safron and Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi on his Twitter account.
”A stark difference between the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and previous rulers. PM Khan is saving precious National resources while previous rulers abused them. This is Naya Pakistan”, Afridi wrote.
The statement from the PID added that PM Khan has further advised to cut down expenses on his foreign trips. Earlier, he set an example by restricting the expenses of his visits to the United States. The cost of his Washington Trip was only $68,000.