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Due to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government restraint on public spending, spending by the House and the Prime Minister’s Office fell by 49% and 29% respectively.

It is reported that the total expenditure of the Prime Minister’s House has reduced to Rs. 280 million in 2020, while it was Rs. 339 in 2019 and Rs 590 million in 2018.

Likewise, the Premier Office has also seen a considerable drop in spending over the past three years, standing at Rs. 334 million in 2020, Rs. 305 million in 2019 and Rs. 514 million.

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The Prime Minister did not use any discretionary funds in the form of cash rewards, gifts, etc. However, this has not been the case in previous governments.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has made around 26 official visits so far, and all together cost a total of Rs. 176 million. While the predecessors of the prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, spent rupees. 572 million on 48 official visits, Nawaz Sharif spent Rs. 1.8 billion on 92 official visits, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf spent Rs. 107 million on 9 visits and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi spent Rs. 260 million on 19 official visits.

Nawaz Sharif spent Rs. 1.8 billion on 92 official visits, Shahid Khaqan Rs. 260 million on 19 visits, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf Rs. 107 million on 9 visits, and Yousuf Raza Gilani Rs. 572 million on 48 visits.

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Shortly after Imran Khan’s election as Prime Minister, he organized a car auction at the premises of the Prime Minister’s House, as part of his “austerity campaign” to reduce government spending.

About seventy luxury cars previously owned and used by Imran Khan’s predecessors were on auction, including several Mercedes Benzes, bulletproof jeeps, forty Toyota cars, including Land Cruisers, and a Lexus SUV.

In addition, there were reports that four helicopters and eight buffaloes previously used by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for “gastronomic purposes” were also being auctioned.

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It is relevant to note here that there is a clear difference between Imran Khan and the expenses of his predecessors. Rs. 4.3 billion was spent by former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, on a camp office, while former Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, spent an amount of Rs. 572 million on two camp offices.

In addition, Rs. 3.6 billion was spent on two camp offices and Rs. 570 million on five camp officers, respectively by former President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

There were around 2,717 police officers who were stationed at the former prime minister’s camp office in Raiwind, while 656 police officers and 246 cars were deployed to the two offices of the former president, Asif Ali Zardari.

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