Pakistan bans first class air travel by President, PM

Published: August 26, 2018 16:37:59 | Updated: August 28, 2018 10:40:38

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Pakistan imposed a ban on first-class air travel by the president, head of the government, chief justice, Senate chairman and NA speaker of the country.

The federal cabinet of the country took the decision on Friday during the second meeting of in a week presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan, reports The Dawn.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said only the president, prime minister, chief justice, Senate chairman, NA speaker and chief ministers had the facility to travel in the first class of international flights.

However, it has been decided that now they will be travelling in business/club class.

Prime Minister Khan has decided that he will not use a special plane for foreign visits and will travel in business class.

However, he will use official plane for domestic travelling.

It has been learnt that the first class is not available in the flights being operated from Pakistan as this is offered by other international airlines and its fare is said to be three times higher than the business/club class.

When asked if the army chief also fell in this category, Mr Chaudhry said the army chief was never allowed the first class and he used to travel in the business class.

The government, led by Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), revised working hours in government institutions, abolished discretionary funds of the prime minister, federal ministers and members of the National Assembly.

The cabinet also rejected a proposal for declaring only one official weekly holiday on Sunday and withdrawing the second weekly holiday on Saturday.

The meeting also decided to conduct audit of all mega transport projects carried out in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the last government.

It was decided that the prime minister would use the official aircraft only for domestic tours and not for foreign visits.

Another important decision taken by the cabinet was formation of task forces for upgrading katchchi abadis (shanty settlements) across the country and launching tree plantation in main cities.

The meeting decided to abolish the Ministry of Capital Adminis­tration & Development Division (CADD) and merge its departments into other ministries.

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