ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has allowed two federal ministers to use bulletproof vehicles while all other ministers, ministers of state and advisers will now be entitled to use 1800cc official cars.
“The prime minister has allowed two ministers to use bulletproof vehicles on the pretext of security threat to them,” sources in the PM House told The Express Tribune.
The two ministers were identified as Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Engineer Khurram Dastgir. Two senior federal ministers are already using bulletproof vehicles.
“The rest of the ministers, ministers of state and advisers to the prime minister, who were allotted cars of 1300cc only, will now be allowed to use cars of 1800cc,” said the sources.
Former prime minister Muhammad Khan Junejo had barred federal ministers from using luxury cars as part of austerity measures. But from his stint onwards successive governments have allowed ministers to use cars of 1300cc and above.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2016.