ISLAMABAD: In the two-and-a-half years the PML-N has been in power, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has spent nearly 200 days away from the country. These trips have cost the national exchequer a hefty amount of Rs638.276 million.
Information regarding the foreign tours made by the prime minister since he took office was laid before the National Assembly on Wednesday in response to a question posed by the PPP’s Imran Zafar Leghari.
According to the written response, the PM has made 65 trips abroad between June 2013 and Feb 2016. On paper, the response was attributed to the minister for foreign affairs. However, since Mr Sharif himself holds charge of that portfolio, the PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, came to the house to answer supplementary questions.
But this was an un-starred question — not marked for verbal reply — and therefore no one was allowed to make supplementary queries on the matter during question hour.