Nawaz foreign trips cost Rs638 million

Published: February 18, 2016



Parliament-shy Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has spent more time abroad than in the house which elected him to office in his tenure so far.

According to data presented in the National Assembly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the premier spent a total of 185 days abroad in 65 foreign tours with accompanying staff of 631 officers which cost the exchequer Rs638.27 million.

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By contrast, the premier visited the National Assembly just 35 times during his 940 days in power.

Of all the countries Nawaz visited, he frequented United Kingdom the most –a whopping 17 times. According to the data provided, he spent nearly two months in the UK, of which 32 days were listed as official stays while 24 were listed as transits. However, during each transit, the premier stopped for at least a couple of days which cost the nation Rs137.8 million.

He visited Saudi Arabia five times, followed by US and China which he visited four times. However, after UK, Nawaz had spent the most time in the US visiting the superpower for 18 days.

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Turkey was another favoured destination for Nawaz who is known to harbour close ties with the nation. He has visited the country at least once every year.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 18th, 2016.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 18, 2016 - 4:49AM

    In return he brought hundreds of times more investments.Recommend

  • Iqbal Afghan
    Feb 18, 2016 - 5:22AM

    Spend that money on poor Pakistani citizens who have no electricity or food to eat.

    This dude (Nawaz) is doing nothing going abroad… No need to send him, At least send Army chief! At least he will bring some positive result from these expensive foreign trips. It’s none of my business but Pakistani citizens do not deserve this. Nawaz is a trash!Recommend

  • SK
    Feb 18, 2016 - 5:38AM

    The excessive travel has always been an hall mark of the leaders in power in Pakistan. If we look at the frequency of travel of leaders of other countries of the world, Pakistan would come out somewhere on the top few.

    What matter most is the eagerness of ruling leaders in Pakistan to attend any international forums for the sake of enjoying the protocol irrespective of its relevance or benefit to the country, that too with an entrouge of family and friends at the cost of tax payers of this country.

    More specifically NS should have been a tourism Minister instead of Prime Minister as he is more out of the country than he is in. Recommend

  • Dong
    Feb 18, 2016 - 5:51AM

    Alas, No one will give a damn about this and compare this with the number of trolls who appear when KPK government is criticized.

    I hope our media and IK start highlighting these luxurious and misguided priorities of our government. So that we can oust these thieves in next election.Recommend

  • Asad
    Feb 18, 2016 - 5:55AM

    He misses his exile days so much he prefers to stay outside Recommend

  • sabi
    Feb 18, 2016 - 7:02AM

    Not a big deal to bring Pakistan out of isolation done by rightists.Recommend

  • Rauf Klasra
    Feb 18, 2016 - 7:35AM

    This shows just how non serious this man is in running the country. There is no justification for so many trips abroad. Money could be better spent on developing infrastructure, education and health. It’s comes as no surprise as Nawaz Sharifs’ priorities are misplaced. It comes down to people that elected him into office, maybe next time they will think twice before voting for him. Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Feb 18, 2016 - 8:01AM

    The main problem here is that our establishment controls the foreign policy, and they hate the fact that a civilian leader is making state visits around the world and “portraying a less war-loving image of Pakistan.” Does not matter whether the PM is Nawaz or Imran, our pindi boys do not like civilians shaking hands with the goras.
    ISPR’s continuous negative campaign on the issues around civilian-empowerment – by using opportunist politicians and bureaucrats – is never going to work for the long-haul.Recommend

  • F Khan
    Feb 18, 2016 - 8:10AM

    If Parliament has the gumption — which I doubt very much, the Members should find out exactly what the business and personal costs are and the PM should be asked to pay for his personal expenses. Unfortunately, I doubt very much if our legislators have that kind of maturity — IK included — and can even think that much.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Feb 18, 2016 - 8:13AM

    Could you please compare this with the travels of Indian and Iranian leaders, the two countries that are our neighbors. It would be good to see that both countries are doing well compared to us and why??Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 18, 2016 - 8:50AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    where is investment, FDI decreased significantly, 65 trips are record high and unprecedented Recommend

  • Feb 18, 2016 - 9:32AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    I would like to how many trips that were not official were funded by the tax payers of Pakistan?Recommend

  • JB
    Feb 18, 2016 - 10:28AM

    You know, this tenure has now turned in to a joke…there are so many obvious and I mean really obvious indicators on how badly this country is being run , yet there are still some people thinking that Nawaz Sharif is the best thing to happen to Pakistan since independence! I mean the guy is threatening to sue NAB because they are doing their jobs! Pakistan is about to become a defaulter on its loans. The very loans PMLN supporters were lauding and deeming as ‘necessary’. Yet who do you think the burden will fall on? The common man! Congratulations to those who voted for him. You have basically volunteered to empty your pockets and fill his.Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Feb 18, 2016 - 10:51AM

    I am not favoring or supporting the present ruler. But if a comparison with previous rulers were present then it might be a balance comment on that.Recommend

  • Syed
    Feb 18, 2016 - 11:01AM

    Our nation is suffering specially lower and middle-class folks.Recommend

  • Afroz
    Feb 18, 2016 - 11:13AM

    @Ch.Allah Dad Please wake up from the deep slumber. May be you are die hard supporter of NS but first you are Pakistani. For the fact that Foreign direct investment (FD) is the lowest in last 12 years despite the 65 useless trip of NS which include 17 personal trips at the expense of tax payers money to UK to look after his business.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 18, 2016 - 11:23AM

    Rs 638 mln…only!!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 18, 2016 - 11:56AM

    …but when he visits Pakistan, it costs us much, much more.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Feb 18, 2016 - 11:58AM

    Khalifa Sherif is a King of Pakistan. How any one in Pakistan wants to question him? He is working hard to provide clean drinking water, Electricity and job for everyone. Please let him spend this kind of money ,this is his turn and Zerdai is waitting.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Feb 18, 2016 - 12:03PM

    Not investments but a huge amount of loans from foreign countries like Euro boundsRecommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Feb 18, 2016 - 12:10PM

    But look at the Birght Side:

    1) He must’ve made deals worth billions for the family.

    2) In 15 London visits he strengthened the family business.

    Family is what matters in our golden culture, isn’t it??


  • Mohammed
    Feb 18, 2016 - 12:18PM

    @Brainy Bhaijan:
    It seems the PML media cell is desperately recommending anything that says the PM is not wasting billions on pointless foreign trips. I wish the tribune was checking the IP addresses of all these pro PML comments.Recommend

  • Ibn Adam
    Feb 18, 2016 - 12:42PM

    Well, the fact of the matter is these politicians come in power to enjoy such days. It is certainly a fact that there were some trips which were very useful and they had enabled this country to get several contracts and projects. But this extensive staying out of country and absence from parliament is a very bad precedence being set. Hence, it is really good that general public is being informed of his unprofessional attitude and he must learn from it which he will surely not. ALLAH bless Pakistan!!!Recommend

  • ullo bata
    Feb 18, 2016 - 1:05PM

    Hold On….Hold On….isn’t that amount just peanuts vs. amounted vandalized by just on Doctor in only 4 years !!!!

    now relax…..Recommend

  • singh
    Feb 18, 2016 - 1:28PM

    Most of his visits r on un-invited gestures like previous pm gilani. Nothing is achieved through these imposed foreign visits.@Iqbal Afghan: Recommend

  • Usman
    Feb 18, 2016 - 2:09PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: From the UK? Or Turkey? What investments where they pray tell? Only China invested in Pakistan. He only brought more loans.Recommend

  • imranali
    Feb 18, 2016 - 2:23PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad Come on pls. Did he bring loan or investment? Investment doesn’t have to do anything with the trips. Its all about creating stable economic system within the country. Building the institutions, creating trust-able system like Taxation, Custom (import & Export), Justice and security for the investment.

    Did NS do anything regard Tax system, manufacturing sector, power, air transportation, health and education… The answer is No. He is motive is to do projects which could earn him slogans and voters, not the real basic issues. Recommend

  • a&a
    Feb 18, 2016 - 2:36PM

    Wants his name to be included in Guines book of world records……Recommend

  • Prada
    Feb 18, 2016 - 3:18PM

    Best job in the whole world !!Recommend

  • Saleem
    Feb 18, 2016 - 3:30PM

    @Brainy Bhaijan:
    It is s matter of capability and the Ruling Family just doesn’t have it. PM takes the Army Chief abroad on tricky occasions to hold his hand.Recommend

  • Raheel
    Feb 18, 2016 - 4:00PM

    Why are we so surprised? Didn’t we vote for them for the THIRD time. We brought it all on ourselves and should bear the pain “Reap as one has sown”. Shall we learn something from KPK not that they have elected IK but only given chance to those who were untested and then showed them what they think about them in the following elections. Recommend

  • umer uppal
    Feb 18, 2016 - 4:09PM

    if the info is true, it is shameful. mr sharif, please make roads and bridges that you are good at. when get tired, please go to europe again and again and take along as many as you can.Recommend

  • Concern
    Feb 18, 2016 - 5:24PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Why does he not bring his own billions of illgotten wealth which he & his family have looted from the poor people of PakistanRecommend

  • ishrat salim
    Feb 18, 2016 - 5:45PM

    @Rauf Klasra:

    Rauf Sb, I value your comment & also agree to some comment, but it is not us the elite or literate class who voted him in when an average voting turn out is 30 % ( as per ECP ). They get voted in by the majority poor or lower class population which constitute 60 % who get bribed or a plate of biryani or Rs 5000 per vote and false promises. So, in essence they come by snatching votes not through vote. Recommend

  • Yul47 London
    Feb 18, 2016 - 7:03PM

    It is a waste of State resources that it can ill afford. The people in Government do it to impress its poor citizens of their importance, but it is a failing government that indulges in such act. The Court has a role to play of essential travel by government employees to be paid by the State or charge it back to such employee(s). The US 6 million on over 200 foreign trips is gross. Recommend

  • Kaila
    Feb 18, 2016 - 8:23PM

    That is nothing in front of betterment in so many fronts in the country! Look at the benefits these trips has yielded.Recommend

  • Akbar
    Feb 18, 2016 - 8:50PM

    Ex-Prez Musharraf also spent lot of travel, especially to US. He got us the Drones.Recommend

  • salman
    Feb 18, 2016 - 9:00PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: ur wrong. he brought million times more investment.Recommend

  • curious2
    Feb 18, 2016 - 9:04PM

    When you can’t get anybody to visit Pakistan you have to go to them – but I suspect he’s worn out his welcome in the UK.Recommend

  • naeemhussain
    Feb 18, 2016 - 9:26PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Where is that investment. Secondly he has invested his own money in other countries why won,t he bring back to Pakistan he looted it from.Recommend

  • Thunder
    Feb 18, 2016 - 9:46PM

    He consider himself the decedents of Mughal royals, that’s why he is imitating them.Recommend

  • FM
    Feb 19, 2016 - 1:46AM

    Hence the trade deals and foreign investement.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Feb 19, 2016 - 3:43AM

    Nawaz Shareef rose from a foundry and now he and his family own palaces and apartments abroad and billions in foreign banks. He is good business man and is supposed to look after his investments since will need it when shunted out of Pakistan. All his trips were private and should be recovered from him by auctioning Jati Umra and Model Town Kothis. As said he is good in making roads and bridges so he may may launch a construction company. Needless to say that his younger brother Shabaz Sahib is also not legging behind an ashiq of Turkey awarding contract to keep Lahore clean because we are short of sweepers… Recommend

  • globalobserver
    Feb 19, 2016 - 6:27AM

    Rs. 838 million equal about $6 million. That is not that big a sum at all for a prime minister compared to what the Indian politicians force the tax payer to spend on their frivolous trips.Recommend

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