Disaccord remains over ‘helicopters’ case against Imran Khan

Disaccord remains over ‘helicopters’ case against Imran Khan


ISLAMABAD: Ministers of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were seen disagreeing with each other about the issue of cases against Prime Minister Imran Khan during an interview Wednesday night.

Speaking on Capital Talk (programme) Wednesday night, Ali Muhammad Khan, the minister of state for parliamentary affairs, expressed complete disagreement with a comment made by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry a day prior.

The state minister said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has complete authority to question the prime minister as the country’s law is equal for the common man and anyone in the leadership.

In response to a question, Ali Muhammad Khan mentioned that Chaudhry would explain his stance himself.

While talking on Capital Talk‘s Tuesday episode, Chaudhry had said the anti-graft body was disrespecting the premier.

The information minister stated that it was outrageous for the NAB to open the ‘Khyber Pakhtunkhwa helicopters’ case against Khan and that the body should do away with it since the world is laughing at it.

It should be noted that the anti-corruption watchdog is investigating Khan’s use of the KP government-owned helicopter.

According to the NAB, the premier had travelled in an MI-17 helicopter for 22 hours and in an aquarial one for 52 hours, and based on an average of Rs28,000, paid Rs2,107,181 for the total of 74 hours.

However, as per a notification issued by the NAB, a report noted that had Khan acquired the helicopter services from a private company, the expenses would have been based on the average cost of Rs1.0-1.2 million and Rs500,000-600,000 per hour for the MI017 and aquarial helicopters, respectively.

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