Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s official residence in the capital Islamabad’s Red Zone is now up for rent. Yes, no matter how absurd it may sound but the final decision in this regard was taken by the Pakistani Federal Cabinet on Tuesday.
The move has been taken to generate funds for the cash-strapped country. The official statement says that Pakistan’s Federal Cabinet has decided to rent out the Prime Minister’s official residence for cultural, fashion, educational and other events.
In fact, two committees have also been set up to ensure that the discipline and decorum of the residence are maintained at the time of such events.
Imran Khan’s Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had earlier in August of 2019 announced its plans to convert the Prime Minister’s official residence into a state-of-the-art federal educational institution.
Along with this, Imran Khan govt had also declared that governors of provinces would not stay in Governor Houses anymore to break away from colonial tradition and cut down on heavy costs at the same time.
Even PM had left the official PM residence and resides at his home in Islamabad’s Bani Gala.
The motive behind the move explained by the government is that the money saved by these measures could instead be used for welfare schemes.
There is the precedence of renting the PM residence in Pakistan Interestingly as it was rented out for the wedding function of Brigadier Waseem Iftikhar Cheema’s daughter in 2019 and Prime Minister Imran Khan, too, attended the ceremony.
Ever since the 1992 cricket world cup winning captain Imran became Pakistan’s PM the economy has shrunk by USD 19 billion in the last three years.
Since then he took many steps to cut down government expenses to give respite to the country’s economy.
Pakistan’s Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood claims that the cost to maintain PM’s residence is 470 million Pak rupees.
In September of 2018, the Pakistan government garnered Rs 23 lakhs after auctioning eight buffaloes maintained by Imran Khan’s predecessor Nawaz Sharif at the PM House.
The Pakistan government also auctioned 61 luxury cars earlier this year in an effort to raise money for the country’s cash-strapped economy.