President Alvi refuses to leave airport until protocol sent away
The President then reached Governor House Lahore with just five cars where he met Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar.
The head of the state tweeted from within the airport highlighting his "continuous struggle to keep security but reduce protocol that inconveniences people"
My continuous struggle to keep security but reduce protocol that inconveniences people. Am at Lahore airport and there are 32 cars to escort me waiting outside. Will wait until they are sent away before I move out— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) November 16, 2018
Alvi has been outspoken about his security protocol in the past, previously saying that he has "asked all officials present at the airport not to embarrass me with a huge protocol".
The long chain of official cars following me is despite the fact that I asked all officials present at the airport not to embarrass me with a huge protocol & that 1 or 2 cars in front and 1 or 2 cars behind may satisfy their security needs. Did not happen. We have to try harder— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) September 15, 2018
Questions have been raised about Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders being assigned large security protocols despite the government's austerity drive.
No more protocol for VIPs at airports across ... 11:10 PM | 15 Aug, 2017
ISLAMABAD - The interior ministry has directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) that no government official or ...
Earlier last year, PMLN govt had directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) that no government official or other VIPs would be given protocol at airports across the country.
However, the incumbent Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had earlier said that the government would strictly implement the decision to provide equal opportunities to all travelers without any discrimination.
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