ISLAMABAD: A petition was filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking a ban on sale of vehicles of the Prime Minister House.
Sources said that the petition was filed by the Pakistan Awami League (PAL) chairman Chaudhry Nasir in which he stated that most the cars listed in the advertisement by the Prime Minister House to auction vehicles include were to be used by the foreign dignitaries.
The petition further stated that the people have the right to know the Rs80 million spent on advertisement to auction vehicles.
The petitioner said that following the auction of vehciles, cars would be rented out for the transportation of foreign dignitaries, while the masses would have to bear the burden of rented cars.
Chaudhry Nasir prayed the court ban the auction of vehicles till the judgement on the plea. Prime Minister Imran Khan was made party in the petition.
It is pertinent here to mention that as many as 102 luxury cars will be up for auction on September 17 at the Prime Minister’s Office under the austerity campaign of the PTI government.
According to the advertisement, the fleet for auction includes 27 bullet-proof vehicles, several latest models of non-protected cars as well as vintage models. Potential buyers can inspect the vehicles on September 13-14 at the Prime Minister’s House during office hours, according to the advertisement.
Imran Khan in his maiden address to the nation after assuming office had announced plans to sell a fleet of bullet-proof vehicles to help treasury shortfalls.
“I want to tell my people, I will live a simple life, I will save your money,” he said.
“We will auction the vehicles. Businessmen will be invited to purchase these expensive vehicles. The money will be deposited in the national exchequer,” he added. NNI