Rs 2.4 billion spent on president, PMs' foreign tours
30 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: A massive amount of Rs2.4 billion was spent from the meager resources of national exchequer by former president Asif Ali Zardari and former prime ministers Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on their 133 foreign tours in five years of the PPP government.
According to details from the Foreign Ministry and other sources, President Zardari made 16 private visits to Dubai at government expenses while former prime minister Gilani visited Britain twice. Raja Pervez Ashraf during his short nine month tenure made eight foreign tours.
The president made seven foreign visits in 2008, 20 in 2009, 14 in 2010, 22 in 2011, 23 in 2012 and six in 2013 that cost the national exchequer an aggregate of Rs1.31 billion.Former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani went abroad for 51 visits which cost about one billion rupees.