Govt claims Rs980m spent on Imran Khan’s back-and-forth air travel from PM House to Bani Gala – Pakistan

Intelligence Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb claimed on Thursday that former Prime Minister Imran Khan had spent 980 million rupees during his tenure in office by helicopter to and from the prime minister’s house to and from Bani Gala’s private home.

At a press conference in Islamabad, the newly appointed minister accused the PTI president of paying a fraction of the actual price to retain Toshakana’s futures.

Shortly after the report, the Minister disclosed details of the helicopter costs that Im Ran was estimated to have borne.

According to the details of the expenses, a copy is provided with: Serb.comTotal expenditures from June 2018 to March 2022 were Rs984m – Rs512m maintenance and Rs472m “spending in flight”.

The helicopter flew for a total of 2,723 hours from August 2018 to March 2022, and the average cost was 275,000 rupees per hour.

Total annual flight hours and in-flight spending:

  • August – December 2018: 289 hours at a cost of Rs37.9m
  • 2019: 742.4 hours at a cost of Rs131.9m
  • 2020: 729 hours at a cost of Rs143.6m
  • 2021: 800.9 hours at a cost of Rs123.8m
  • January – March 2022: 164.5 hours at a cost of Rs35.1m

Total budget allocated for annual maintenance (spare and consumables):

  • FY19 – FY20: Rs168.5m and Rs5m, total Rs173.5m
  • FY20 – FY21: Rs200.7m and Rs3.5m, total Rs204.2m
  • FY21 – FY22: Rs130.8m and Rs12m, total Rs134.3m

‘Provide money tracking for gifts received from Toshakana’

At her press conference, the intelligence minister asked Khan to provide tracking funds for a gift he received from Toshakhana, accusing him of having watches, cufflinks and rings at a much lower price than he claims.

“Where is the money tracking for the futures you (Imran) hold? Give them a tracking of the 30 million rupees you paid at a time to keep these three,” she said.

Aurangzeb said Imran’s Federal Import Service (FBR) income records did not reflect the fact that he owned the money paid to maintain the gift.

Repeating her call for money tracking, she said it was no longer a matter of Imran’s “personal choice”.

“For 40 years, you have asked others to provide records and receipts of deceased parents and deceased persons. [relatives]. Now Imran Khan sahab You must give me a receipt.”

Founded in 1974, Toshakhana is a department under the administrative control of the Cabinet Office that stores valuable gifts given to the heads of other governments, national and foreign dignitaries as a sign of goodwill to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats and civil servants.

Valuables range from bulletproof cars, gold-plated memorabilia and expensive paintings to watches, trinkets, rugs and knives.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif last week accused Imran of selling in Dubai expensive gifts from foreign countries, including watches from Saudi Arabia. PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry downplayed the issue, saying, “It’s not a crime to sell your property (after you buy it from Toshakana).”

Imran commented on the subject in a conversation with reporters on Monday, saying he had bought a gift from a foreign president at 50%.

The intelligence minister refuted these claims at a press conference today, saying that the watch, a pair of cufflinks and the ring were kept at 20pc rather than 50pc of their original price.

“What Imran Khan is saying now is another lie. Tell people that you have kept it. [the watch] from 20pc [of its value] I sold it for 180,000 won.”

The intelligence minister said Toshakhana items were a gift to the prime minister and could be kept, but could not be sold for “four times the price”.

Aurangzeb claimed that Imran made the prime minister’s position “a place for business.”

She said that Khan’s total income and assets were Rs 141 million, and that from holding Toshakana futures during his tenure as prime minister was Rs 142 million.