Imran Khan to auction eight buffaloes kept during Nawaz Sharif's tenure; 80 luxury cars also to be sold under austerity drive

Islamabad: The Pakistan government plans to auction eight buffaloes kept by Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister's house for his "gastronomic requirements", a close aide of Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has said. The cash-starved Pakistan government led by Khan has launched an austerity drive. Under this, more than 80 luxury cars would be auctioned.

Naeem-ul-Haq, the prime minister's Special Assistant for Political Affairs, said the government will auction luxury cars parked at the prime minister's house. It will also sell the four surplus helicopters lying unused with the Cabinet Division.

File photo of Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan. Reuters

File photo of Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan. Reuters

The senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader also alerted the potential buyers to get ready for the auction of eight buffaloes kept by Sharif, the former prime minister and PML-N leader at the Prime Minister's house.

"After the surplus car auction, four surplus helicopters will be sold which are lying unused with the cabinet division. Plus, now listen to this, 8 buffaloes which Nawaz kept at the Prime Minister's house for his gastronomic requirements. So all potential buyers please get ready," Haq tweeted on Tuesday.

The helicopters and buffaloes will be sold after the auction of luxury and surplus vehicles on 17 September, Geo News reported. Sharif, a three-time prime minister, was sentenced to 10-years in jail in a corruption case in July.

On Monday, Khan suggested that government-owned land lying as 'dead capital' could be used to generate income instead of resorting to foreign aid to shore up the country's finances. The prime minister said that just the urban portion of the government-owned land was worth Rs 300 billion while Pakistan's daily interest payment amounts to Rs 5 billion.

Updated Date: Sep 12, 2018 08:35 AM

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