Khattak spends Rs40m on gifts in 2014-15

Published: June 28, 2015
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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak PHOTO: ONLINE

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak PHOTO: ONLINE

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak’s generosity clears knows no bounds. The leader of the house spent Rs40 million on buying gifts for dignitaries and guests during the fiscal year 2014-15, overtaking Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan who spent Rs14 million.

The CM House’s total annual allocation was Rs264 million while an additional Rs60 million was spent. This is palpably the reason why, as budget documents reveal, Rs324 million has now been set aside for Khattak’s official residence for the forthcoming fiscal year.

The CM took home a smaller pay cheque than his principal secretary (PS). Like Mehtab, who was paid less than his military secretary, Khattak’s monthly pay last year stood at Rs252,000 while his PS was paid Rs916,000.

The CM Secretariat employs as many as 313 people, out of which 71 are high-ranking officials. The soaring expenditures were largely dominated by salaries of the aforementioned. Furthermore, the 313 employees are paid with at least 35 different types of allowances. This is in addition to the secretariat allowance, presidential allowance and the honouree allowance are overburdening the national exchequer.

During the last financial year, the CM House consumed electricity worth Rs22 million, gas worth Rs0.65 million. Rs26 million has been allocated for gas expenditures for 2015-16.

A total of Rs3.65 million was spent on the registration of new vehicles, furniture worth Rs2 million was bought. Additionally, Rs10.65 million was spent on construction and repairs while Rs13.8 million was spent on transportation costs. The CM House’s helicopter, aeroplane and staff vehicles burnt fuel worth Rs15 million.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (30)

  • kamran
    Jun 28, 2015 - 1:26PM

    why dont you focus on PML-N as well cheap journalists?Recommend

  • JBJ
    Jun 28, 2015 - 2:03PM

    Express Tribune. The newspaper with an agenda.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jun 28, 2015 - 2:17PM

    Gifts of 40 million which means around 4 crores……What about billions of gifts by Sharif Brothers….Why dont u guys show the progress of schools,hospitals and now development towards energy sector…1471 mw…Planning has been done…Much cheaper than Bahawalpur Solar Project……Recommend

  • Ibrahim
    Jun 28, 2015 - 2:19PM

    ET! You must appreciate PTI for this piece of information as it is the result of a vital Law: RTI. Had this law not been introduced, you couldn’t have shared this news.Tactically, your newspaper has not mentioned the source which is RTI introduced by PTI.Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Jun 28, 2015 - 3:14PM

    @kamran:
    No need to go to affairs of PMLn or PPP as everyone knows better, but this dilemma if an honest party CM spent Rs. 40,000,000.00 on gifts only.Recommend

  • anonymus
    Jun 28, 2015 - 4:52PM

    for telling news this time few trolls have abused you so for!Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 28, 2015 - 6:03PM

    I am a PTI supporter. Thank you, Tribune, for telling me the truth so that I can question my party’s ideology’s implementation. I am disheartened to know that IK could not clean up within. I am hopeful that action will be taken against the CM soon. I would also like to request my friends to admit party failures instead of blaming others. Just because the expenditure in Prime minister house is worse, doesn’t make the exp at CM house right. ThanksRecommend

  • Alter Ego
    Jun 28, 2015 - 6:41PM

    @Haider:
    @kamran:
    Two wrong’s dont make one right.

    I did not vote for IK so that he can follow the same footsteps.
    If others do it then shame on them , if IK do it then he can be excused because others are doing it.
    Thats your logic.

    Recommend

  • MyMy
    Jun 28, 2015 - 7:14PM

    @kamran:
    OUCH….lol….give my regards to Imran bhaiRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 28, 2015 - 7:17PM

    PTI knows its their first and last chance. The nation is not going to trust this fake tsunami in future.Recommend

  • Luqman
    Jun 28, 2015 - 7:54PM

    @Hassan Being the head of a province and running a government, you are bound to give gifts to local and international dignitaries, for which province gives you special allocations. This is exactly what happens when your officials go aboard on official invites. Recommend

  • khan
    Jun 28, 2015 - 9:08PM

    1: Comparison wiht other CMs would have made much sense.
    2: graphs of all CMs for past decade or two would have been even better.
    3: Also the title says 40 million spent on Gifts , care to explain which type of gifts ? what is maximum limit ? was it exceeded ? whats the nature of spending on gifts , i.e should they be revealed to public ? how is the trend of gifts in other countries ? whats the amount spent on gifts by other provinces cm’s . how was it in the past few years ? whats the trend (increasign/decreasing ) ..

    4: Mention the source/method used to glean this information.
    5 : why only KPK ministers spending is revealed why not other provices cms ?

    6: i do not appreciate kpk cms spending but want to have a better realistic view of its nature.Recommend

  • ghayyas
    Jun 28, 2015 - 9:12PM

    One important aspect of the news is missing. Who were the recipients of these gifts? I hope they were not PTI politicians or workers.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 28, 2015 - 9:14PM

    Any references would’ve been great Recommend

  • Armughan
    Jun 28, 2015 - 9:32PM

    @Haider:
    Loads of planning dear, i hope anything other than dharnas can actually be undertaken. Before you resort to bad language, i voted for PTI both in general and by election. Recommend

  • Arif Hassan
    Jun 28, 2015 - 9:34PM

    Free media is a miracle for this nation. Please don’t defend the wrong doings of any Govt. weather its PTI or PML(N)`, PPPP, MQM ANP, JI JUI etc. They are all not above the law. One of my friend also mention amount of mega watt projects that are in pipeline to be made by PTI. Let me inform you that all these project feasibiltis are Five years old. and these credits goes to prvious govts not this. However if this GOVT do nothing we will wash out this as well as previous one. We Pukhtunkhwa people will not hesitate to do this as we are independent in our thinking. I will appreciate Express Tribune to conduct such sting operations in every department in the rest of the provinces as well.Recommend

  • Armughan
    Jun 28, 2015 - 9:34PM

    The expenses were for the residence or his secretariat? Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Jun 28, 2015 - 10:47PM

    The change has become (Tabdeeli Agaee Hai) but in KPK chief minister’s luxurious style on one side PTI claims it would eliminate VIP culture while its CM spending money on gifts, helicopter and transportation what a hypocrisy on PTI side. This huge amount could be use for establishing schools or health centres but who cares the need of poor masses same is the case with PTI. Despite all things its good that the PTI govt disclosed each and every thing clearly and for this we should give credit to PTI leadership who even did not hesitate to announce what their own CM did in the lone province they are in power. Do other provincial govts have courage to announce how much their CMs spend in last year and specially in Punjab and Sindh where PPP and PML (N) are ruling with the same CM as there is no other competent person in these provinces who can run the affairs honestly and smoothly.Recommend

  • Fawad Ali
    Jun 28, 2015 - 11:20PM

    @Arif Hassan:
    What was KPK before PTI. You are getting all this importance because of IK. Who gave you so much coverage before ANP, JI , JUI-F?. You guys should thank ALLAH for PTI in all wayRecommend

  • Abid Javed
    Jun 28, 2015 - 11:38PM

    PTI.. bunch of idiots.. Spending my money on their lavishness.. Recommend

  • Salman Hasan
    Jun 29, 2015 - 12:45AM

    Can ET find out how much is the salary of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif? I am sure it is 3 times more than Pervez Khattak’s pay. What about all the billions spent on stupid Metro Bus when that money could have been used to put new power plants to eliminate power shortages. We have nothing but criminals ruling this country. When will people wake up and reject these leaders by electing new, honest and capable people to solve these problems.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 29, 2015 - 2:19AM

    All provincial Governments including Central one have a open hand in distributing national wealth to so called dignitaries. However their own pockets are sealed but for shopping in other countries. Will Imran Khan take a notice and give names of beneficiariesRecommend

  • usama zafar
    Jun 29, 2015 - 2:45AM

    this amount of money is nothing when it comes to national things, the needs to think big and not to bring every thing down to his worthless financial scaleRecommend

  • Ahtisham
    Jun 29, 2015 - 3:29AM

    I am a supporter of PTI and i think its a good thing they should be criticized for their wrong doings. It will help them improve and ET should provide the source of this news Recommend

  • Effendi
    Jun 29, 2015 - 4:32AM

    Tabdeeli is here. In new Pakistan, CM will have bigger hearts, deeper pockets and they will advertise their expenditures – with no qs asked. Recommend

  • Usman
    Jun 29, 2015 - 4:18PM

    we should vote for Pti next time, they are really against VIP culture.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jun 29, 2015 - 8:28PM

    @Armugan
    I always love constructive debate no bad language.. I am saying first lets see how much gifts given by Sharifs and secondly we should see where gifts are spent…Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Jun 30, 2015 - 12:49AM

    I don’t know what kind of standard of living is maintained by Chief Minister and his staff because I live far away from Pakistan. However it would have been prudent for ET to publish all the Chief Minister’s salaries and expenditure, picking on one creates doubts in readers mind that ET is picking on PTI government. Good journalism is fair journalism. Recommend

  • Awais Niazi
    Jun 30, 2015 - 8:30AM

    I hope ET puts the clarification from CM Secretariat along with this headline the same way as they posted clarification on their website so that people reading this must also follow the see the actual side of the pictureRecommend

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