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US visit expenditures: PM Imran spent US$67,000 where Nawaz, Zardari cost billions to national exchequer

01:03 PM | 1 Aug, 2019
US visit expenditures: PM Imran spent US$67,000 where Nawaz, Zardari cost billions to national exchequer
ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has set a new example in austerity during his recent visit to the United States after the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) led federal government released the details in comparison with the expenditures spent on a foreign visit by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, former president Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

According to media details, the expense details revealed that PM Imran spent only US$67,180 during his US visit as he did not use an official aeroplane or stay at the hotel, whereas the former leaders spent billions during their foreign visit.

The details revealed that the foreign visits of former prime minister and president cost the national exchequer heavily after they spent extravagantly on tips, gifts and on their family members during their lavish stays in top-class foreign hotels.

However, PM Imran Khan didn’t even spend anything on his family members during the visit and saved millions from the national exchequer.

As per details released by the government, former President and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Zardari during his tenure in 2009 spent US$7,52,688 on his six days official visit, from May 4 to 8, to the US.

The four days official visit to the US also included two days of transit to London, which cost the national exchequer $12,039,063. The total expenditure for the six days was $60,516,119.

The former president Zardari has an expenditure of $20,872,203 on hotel accommodation that includes $14,757,545 on hotel accommodation in Washington and $6,114,658 on hotel accommodation in London on transit.

He also spent $10,772,225 on transport in Washington and $592,296 on transport during transit in London, making the sum of the expenditure of $11,364,521 on transportation.

Whereas U$1,127,220 was spent on gifts that include $853,440 in Washington and $273,780 during transit in London, $15,891,644 was spent on airfare, $7,403,920 on miscellaneous items and a handsome amount of $252,460 was spent on tips.

On the other hand, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s foreign tours cost the national exchequer with US$5,49,853.82 during his tenure.

Nawaz’s three-day visit to the US including $13,670,180 on hotel accommodation in Washington and $6,555,390 in London on transit, a total of $Rs12,262,738 on transportation in Washington and during transit in London.

Nawaz also spent $997,499 on gifts, $2,792,210 on airfare, and $1,913,728 on miscellaneous items including $705,864 in Washington and $1,207,864 in London during transit.

Moreover, $5,957,115 was spent in London transit, $534,500 on tips in Washington including $5,294,492 on meals in Washington and $1,623,801 on meals in London.

Whereas, PM Imran’s visit to the US cost the national exchequer with only $67,180.73, in which only $1,358,770 were spent on the delegation's accommodation and $92,120 were spent on transport.

On gifts $1 42,000 were spent, the air fare cost was $6,075,800, while $1,287,460 on miscellaneous expenditures. PM Imran’s US visit cost $706,001 on tips and $1,389,077 on meals.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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