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Rs 63.8 crore: Cost of Pak PM's foreign trips

By Sajjad Hussain
Last updated on: February 18, 2016 15:31 IST
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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is under fire for spending a whopping Rs 63.8 crore on his foreign trips and living at least every fifth day of his tenure out of the cash-strapped country.

The ministry of foreign affairs informed the National Assembly on Wednesday that Sharif has spent a total of 185 days abroad in 65 foreign tours with accompanying staff of 631 officers.

Sharif came to power in June 2013 and has been regularly going abroad, despite growing criticism by opposition and media.

In stark contrast to his stay abroad during his tenure, Sharif visited the National Assembly just 35 times during his 940 days in power.

According to the data provided the National Assembly, Sharif visited Britain 17 times, spending about two months in the UK, of which 32 days were listed as official stay while 24 were listed as transits.

However, during each transit, Sharif stopped for at least a couple of days which cost the exchequer Rs 13.78 crore.

After the UK, Sharif spent most of his time in the US, visiting the country for 18 days.

He also visited Saudi Arabia five times, followed by the US and China which he visited four times.

Turkey was Sharif's another favoured destination which he visited at least once every year.

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