Pak PM Imran Khan seeks clarification from President Alvi on reports of spending 5 million rupees on breakfast

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 30, 2018, 04.33 PM(IST)

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Alvi, however, rejected the reports terming them as false and said that he paid the bills from his own pocket.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has sought a clarification from Arif Alvi on reports that claimed that the president has spent 5 million Pakistani rupees on breakfast while he was in Gilgit-Baltistan for an official visit.

Pakistani President Arif Alvi last week visited Gilgit-Baltistan during which he held talks with the high ranking officials and governor of the region, Jalal Hussain Maqpoon on matters pertaining to the development.

Pakistan People's Party leader and former Senaor Aajiz Dhamrah after the visit on Friday levelled allegations that the president had breakfast along with his family which reportedly costed 5 million rupees.

Alvi, however, rejected the reports terming them as false and said that he paid the bills from his own pocket.

He further informed media that Imran Khan who came into the power on promises to cut excessive government spending has sought a clarification on the news reports on a text.

"Imran Khan himself is vigilant and had texted me seeking a clarification on this news story," he said.

Meanwhile, the PPP leader Dhamrah also slammed the PTI government saying that at one hand PTI leadership is claiming to have adopted the austerity measure in running the government affairs and on the other hand, their party affiliated country's president is spending 5 million rupees only on breakfasts during official tours.

Cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan was elected in July with the support of many Pakistanis desperate for a change in a nation where the illiteracy rate hovers above 40 per cent, healthcare is shoddy, and joblessness or underemployment rife among the country's 208 million people.

In August, as part of his austerity drive, he banned the discretionary use of state funds and first-class air travel by officials and leaders, including the President and the prime minister.