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Cash-ridden Pakistan spent Rs 34 crore to repair plane of Balochistan CM

Updated Dec 29, 2019 | 22:17 IST | Times Now Digital

According to media reports, the Balochistan government informed the state assembly that "a huge amount was spent on the repair of the Chief Minister's special aircraft".

Imran Khan Pakistan
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Imran Khan

Islamabad: Despite reeling under an acute economic crisis, cash-ridden Pakistan has spent Rs 34 crore to repair the plane of the Chief Minister of the country's Balochistan province.

According to media reports, the Balochistan government informed the state assembly that "a huge amount was spent on the repair of the Chief Minister's special aircraft".

A sum of Rs 17,39,52,650 was spent on the special aircraft of the Chief Minister between 2008 and 2012, however, even after spending such a huge amount, the aircraft could not be completely repaired and some flaws remained,” said the Balochistan government, IANS reported.

The aircraft's usage was terminated in 2013 and a new plane was purchased for the Chief Minister's use. The new aircraft also discovered some technical fault and Rs 16,43,57,588 was spent on its repairs between 2013 and 2018.

Ever since Imran Khan-government came to power last year, it has been calling for austerity measures in government to steer its economy out of the crisis.

Khan and his delegation recently flew to Saudi Arabia on a commercial plane for an official visit before leaving for the US

The Pakistan Prime Minister was scheduled to take another commercial flight to the US for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meet in New York. However, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman stopped Khan from using a commercial flight and gave him his special aircraft for the US visit.


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