ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and prime minister-designate Imran Khan decision to live in a smaller, much simpler residence instead of in the Prime Minister (PM) House will save Pakistan around Rs1.85 billion annually, international media house Gulf News reported.
It will also send a positive message to the masses that their prime minister is not wasting public money on a life of luxuries and protocol, the report said.
Imran Khan has, in a number of interviews and press conferences, made it clear that he will neither stay in the PM House nor enjoy VVIP protocol after assuming office.
The former cricket superstar also promised his supporters that his ministers, party members, and leaders will also follow the principles austerity.
The Prime Minister House, Pakistan
Pakistan’s PM House is a sight to see and remember. The red-brick, heavily guarded building is modelled after the Mughal era palaces that housed royalty and surely is one of the most magnificent building in the country.
It is a relatively new building inaugurated by the former deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif only two decades ago when he was elected for a second term and is located on the main Constitution Avenue and covers an area of 135 acres.
There are five spacious lawns, a fruit orchard, a number of swimming pools, a banquet hall, media and committee rooms in the PM house.
There are also 10 servants quarters, residences for security officers, staff and members of the Public & Works Department and police.
Inside the PM House, around 50 protocol officers work in their offices.
The security budget of the complex is around Rs980 million, while Rs700 million are allocated for PM House staff.
Similarly, Rs150 million is spent annually on gifts for visiting dignitaries and guests, and Rs15 million on renovation and decoration.
The future of the PM House
According to the PTI leadership, four universities equalling the area of Pakistan’s top varsity — Quaid-e-Azam University (spread over 35 acres in the capital) — can be set up in the PM House.
Imran Khan has hinted on utilizing the PM house for publicly beneficial purposes such as education or health.