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Pakistan bans discretionary use of state funds, first-class air travel by government



Pakistan bans the discretionary use of state funds, first-class air travel by government: Details, Highlights

Pakistan's new government led by newly appointed PM Imran Khan has banned the discretionary use of state funds and first-class air travel by officials and leaders, including the president and the prime minister, as part of its austerity drive.

The decisions were made at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 24, 2018.

The discretionary allocation of funds by the prime minister and the president and other officials was also stopped by the Cabinet. 

The prime minister also decided to stop using a special plane for foreign visits or domestic traveling and use business class.

After his victory in the July 25 general election, Khan decided not to use palatial Prime Minister House and instead live in a small portion of it that was previously used as the residence by the military secretary to the prime minister.

Imran Khan also decided to use only two vehicles and keep two servants. He refused to use elaborate official protocol.


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