ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb claimed on Thursday that Rs980 million were spent on former prime minister Imran Khan’s back-and-forth travel from the Prime Minister House to his private residence in Bani Gala via helicopter during his time in office.
The newly appointed minister made the claim while addressing a press conference in Islamabad where she lambasted the PTI chairman for paying a fraction of the actual price to retain gifts from the Toshakhana, Dawn.com reported.
Shortly after the presser, the minister released an official breakdown of the helicopter expenses allegedly incurred by Imran.
According to the detailed breakdown of expenses, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, the total expenditure from June 2018 to March 2022 was Rs984m — Rs512m for maintenance and Rs472m for “expenditure during flight”.
The helicopter was used for a total of 2,723 flying hours from August 2018 to March 2022 with an average cost of Rs275,000 per hour.
Total flying hours and expenditure during flight per year:
- Aug – Dec 2018: 289 hours at a cost of Rs37.9m
- 2019: 742.4 hours at a cost of Rs131.9m
- 2020: 729 hours at a cost of Rs143.6m
- 2021: 800.9 hours at a cost of Rs123.8m
- Jan – Mar 2022: 164.5 hours at a cost of Rs35.1m
Total budget allocated for maintenance (spares and consumables) per year:
- FY19 – FY20: Rs168.5m and Rs5m for a total of Rs173.5m
- FY20 – FY21: Rs200.7m and Rs3.5m for a total of Rs204.2m
- FY21 – FY22: Rs130.8m and Rs12m for a total of Rs134.3m.