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Owing to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government’s restraint on government expenditure, the Prime Minister House and Office’s expenditure has reduced 49 percent and 29 percent respectively.

It is being reported that the total expenditure of the Prime Minister House had narrowed down to Rs. 280 million in 2020, whereas, it was Rs. 339 in 2019 and Rs 590 million in 2018.

Similarly, the Prime Office also witnessed a considerable decrease in its expenditure these past three years, it stood at Rs. 334 million in 2020, Rs. 305 million in 2019 and Rs. 514 million.

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The premier has not used any discretionary funds in the form of cash awards, gifts et cetera. However, this has not been the case in the previous governments.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has made around 26 official visits till now, and all of them combined cost a total of Rs. 176 million. Whereas, the premier’s predecessors, Yousaf Raza Gilani spent Rs. 572 million on 48 official visits, Nawaz Sharif spent Rs. 1.8 billion on 92 official visits, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf spent Rs. 107 million on 9 visits and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi spent Rs. 260 million on 19 official visits.

Nawaz Sharif spent Rs. 1.8 billion on 92 official visits, Shahid Khaqan Rs. 260 million on 19 visits, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf Rs. 107 million on 9 visits, and Yousuf Raza Gilani Rs. 572 million on 48 visits.

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Not long after Imran Khan was elected as the Prime Minister, he held a car auction on the premises of the Prime Minister House, as a part of his “austerity drive” aimed at cutting the government expenditure.

Around seventy luxury cars previously owned and used by Imran Khan’s predecessors were displayed in the auction, including several Mercedes Benzes, bullet-proof jeeps, forty Toyota cars including Land Cruisers, and a Lexus SUV.

Moreover, there were reports that four helicopters and eight buffaloes previously used by the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for “gastronomic requirements”, were also being auctioned.

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It is pertinent to note here that there is a stark difference between Imran Khan and his predecessors’ expenditure. Rs. 4.3 billion were spent by the former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, on one camp office, whereas, the former Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif spent an amount of Rs. 572 million on two camp offices.

Moreover, Rs. 3.6 billion were spent on two camp offices and Rs. 570 million on five camp officers, by former President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, respectively.

There were around 2,717 police officials were stationed at the former Prime Minister’s Raiwind camp office, whereas, 656 police officers and 246 cars were deployed at former President, Asif Ali Zardari’s two camp offices.

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