A Pakistani court on Monday ordered the government to submit the details of expenses incurred during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent visit to New York by November 6.
Sharif’s last month tour was the most expensive of all visits undertaken by him during his current stint as the Prime Minister and cost Rs 80.7 million to the national exchequer.
Petitioner advocate Javed Iqbal Jafri informed the Lahore High Court that during his visit Sharif stayed at a hotel where a room charge was Rs. 800,000 per night.
He said the prime minister’s family members and cooks were part of his entourage.
“Money from national exchequer which belongs to the people of Pakistan was used on the prime minister’s family members and cooks which is not justifiable by any means. Sharif is spending money from government treasury on lavish foreign tours and his personal businesses out there,” he said.
The petitioner also requested the court to ask the prime minister to seek permission from the Supreme Court for his future foreign trips.
Judge Mansoor Ali Shah ordered the federal government to submit the record of the Prime Minister’s New York tour by November 6.
Sharif’s seven official foreign visits in less than three months last year had cost the national exchequer Rs. 168 million.
Pakistan Tahreek-I-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has strongly criticised Sharif for his “luxurious” foreign trips.
He said the chief justice should take notice of Sharif’s foreign trips which are aimed at furthering his businesses there.
Sharif travelled to New York from September 22 to 29 to attend the annual UN General Assembly session.