PM Imran Khan’s trip to Afghanistan cost less than Nawaz and Zardari

The combo features Prime Minister Imran Khan (L), former President Asif Zardar (C) and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

ISLAMABAD: The national kitty cost less than Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first visit to Afghanistan compared to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former President Asif Zardari’s visits to the neighboring country, it emerged on Saturday.

A total of $ 11,000 was spent on PM Imran Khan’s visit to Kabul, the daily Jung reported on Saturday.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, DG Inter-Services Intelligence General Faiz Hameed, PM’s Advisor in Commerce Abdul Razzaq Dawood and other civil-military officials on a day-long visit.

In comparison, former chief Nawaz Sharif’s 2015 official visit to Afghanistan cost $ 58,000 and King Pervez Ashraf’s 2012 trip cost $ 51,000.

The 2009 treasury of former President Asif Ali Zardari cost the national exchequer $ 44,000.

PM Imran Khan visits

PM Imran Khan’s visit to Kabul was consistent with what has been described as “a shared vision between Afghanistan and Pakistan to support peace and stability in both countries and the wider region”.

This step was taken to strengthen the pace of better relations between the two countries.

“My visit to Kabul was another step towards expressing Pakistan’s commitment to peace in Afghanistan,” the premier wrote on Twitter after returning home. “I have never believed in a military solution, which is why I always believed that peace in Afghanistan would be achieved through political dialogue.”

“After the Afghans, we have the greatest stake in this peace because it will allow for connectivity and trade, bringing prosperity to both Afghans and Pakistanis,” he continued.

“Our people from the tribal areas that have suffered the war in Afghanistan will especially benefit from peace and trade.”

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