PTI aims to raise $8 million from sale of former government’s luxury vehicles

Special PTI aims to raise $8 million from sale of former government’s luxury vehicles
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As part of new Prime Minister Imran Khan’s austerity pledge to the nation, the government will auction the entire fleet of luxury vehicles that once formed the VIP motorcade used by ex-PM Nawaz Sharif. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Special PTI aims to raise $8 million from sale of former government’s luxury vehicles
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As part of new Prime Minister Imran Khan’s austerity pledge to the nation, the government will auction the entire fleet of luxury vehicles that once formed the VIP motorcade used by ex-PM Nawaz Sharif. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Special PTI aims to raise $8 million from sale of former government’s luxury vehicles
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As part of new Prime Minister Imran Khan’s austerity pledge to the nation, the government will auction the entire fleet of luxury vehicles that once formed the VIP motorcade used by ex-PM Nawaz Sharif. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 22 August 2018

PTI aims to raise $8 million from sale of former government’s luxury vehicles

PTI aims to raise $8 million from sale of former government’s luxury vehicles
  • Newly elected administration plans to auction at least 33 extra luxury and bomb-proof cars stored at the Prime Minister’s residence
  • Vehicles were bought by the previous government to transport state guests and international dignitaries

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s newly elected government will sell at least 33 luxury, bomb-proof cars as part of the austerity drive promised by new Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“We expect to generate more than 1 billion rupees ($8.17 million) from auctioning off these luxury vehicles. All this money will go into the national exchequer,” said Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. He added that the process for auctioning the armored vehicles, stored at Prime Minister House, has already begun and advertisements will be placed in national newspapers after the Eid holidays.
“We are committed to implementing austerity measures in all government departments, as promised by the prime minister to his nation,” said Chaudhry, who vowed that the auction is just the beginning.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Khan said during his inaugural address to the nation: “The prime minister has 524 servants and 80 cars. The prime minister, which is me, also has 33 bulletproof cars. We have helicopters and aeroplanes to fly us. We have massive governor houses and every conceivable luxury.
“On one hand, we don’t have money to spend on our people; on the other hand, we have a section of our people living like our colonial masters used to live.”
Six luxury Mercedes-Maybach S600s, ordered by the former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz administration, were delivered to Prime Minister House in the first week of August.
According to Mercedes-Maybach, the S600, which has a list price of more than $200,000, runs on a 4-liter V12 bi-turbo engine that produces 621hp, offering quick takeoff, quiet cruising and responsive acceleration. Ride comfort is further augmented by next-generation technology including “Magic Body Control,” which uses cameras to identify imperfections in the road surface and adjusts the suspension accordingly. It also has reclining seats with a built-in massage function, infotainment features, a temperature-controlled refreshments box, folding tables and high-end fixtures in a real wood and leather finish.
Senator Mushahidullah Khan, PML-N’s information secretary, said the luxury vehicles were used as transport for VIP guests.
“The government should retain these vehicles instead of auctioning them as they meet the international standards required to ferry state guests and foreign dignitaries,” he said.
Chaudhry, however, said that all of the vehicles had been used by cabinet members and were a burden on the national exchequer.
“A nation is not recognized by how many luxury and bomb-proof vehicles it has for its privileged people,” he said. “We are going to change the whole culture of squandering taxpayers’ money for the luxuries of the ruling elite.”