Stop using public money for first class air travel: Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

He also mentioned Prime Minister, Imran Khan's July 26 victory speech, in which he had said that his government wanted to resolve all disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir, through dialogue. The working hours will be eight hours, as in the past but the timing has been revised.

"Secretary Michael R Pompeo spoke Friday with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and wished him success".

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has the support of a required number of voters, imperative for winning the presidential slot. The previous timing was 8 AM to 4 PM.

He expressed hope that someone who understands Pakistan and the region would be able to play a positive role in strengthening of bilateral relations and work for the peace and prosperity of the region. Earlier at a press conference held after the cabinet meeting, the information minister said that a proposal was discussed that there should not be two weekly holidays and the Saturday holiday should be withdrawn. During the meeting, a decision was taken that the country's top officials - President, PM, chief justice, Senate chairman, National Assembly speaker and chief ministers would no longer have the privilege of flying first-class on global flights.

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On being asked whether the Army chief would also be barred from using first-class air travel, Chaudhry said he was never granted the privilege.

Khan had also announced that he would forego the elaborate protocol which is accorded to the Pakistani PM. For official commutation, the military head has to travel in business class.

One of the reasons cited for the decision is that flights being operated from Pakistan do not offer the first-class category and foreign airlines charge fares for this category which are almost three-hundred times higher than fares for business or club class. "Now the incumbent prime minister has ordered that he and any other government functionary will not spend even a single penny in the name of discretionary funds", he added. Similarly, President Mamnoon Hussain also distributed public money of Rs90 million on his own discretion.

He said that from now on the government's funds would be released only after the approval of parliament so that taxpayers' money could be utilised in a better way.

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