In what would be a massive embarrassment for Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan rents out his official residence for social and educational events varying from fashion runway shows to weddings.
Pakistan Federal Cabinet reached the unanimous decision to open the PM’s house to the people who want to organize cultural, fashion, educational and social events. For the same, the Cabinet has come up with two committees responsible for maintaining the decorum of the Prime Minister’s residence and ensuring that this discipline is not violated during the events.
Consequently, PM Imran Khan will move out of the extravagant PM’s mansion in the capital city of Islamabad, as per the ruling Tehreek-e-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Instead, Khan will stay at his Bani Gala residence and use the PM office only for administrative purposes.
According to the PTI, along with Imran Khan, who would be leaving the PM house, the governors also will leave the Governor Houses.
These revelatory steps have been taken in a bid to tackle the external debt that has strangulated Pakistan’s economy. These initiatives will merely reduce costs as this debt is expected to only increase in days to come. Furthermore, Pakistan is constrained to borrow money every passing year to compensate its finance its workings. Ministry data suggest that Pakistan’s GDP has decreased by $19 billion since Imran Khan assumed office three years ago.
However, in 2018, the governing Tehreek-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party had suggested that the country’s PM vacate the ostentatious PM’s residence as it will be transformed into a university campus for postgraduate studies. The place would be used for the conduction of research as scholars worldwide would be invited, as quoted by PM Khan.
However, now the PTI administrations have overturned their decision and have instead passed the resolution to rent out the PM’s House as a steady income source and cut down on costs. The money saved would be invested in welfare schemes, according to the government officials.
This is not the first time that the Pakistani government sold the property to raise money, as they have made transactions of vintage cars and buffaloes in the past.