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Pakistan bans VIP protocol at airports

Pakistan bans VIP protocol at airports

Islamabad: Pakistani government officials will no longer enjoy luxury travel or VIP protocol at airports and will have to travel as ordinary citizens, as part of the austerity campaign announced by the new prime minister, Imran Khan.
After imposing a ban on first class air travel by the President, the President of the Supreme Court, the President of the Senate and the President of the National Assembly, the new government banned the VIP protocol offered to important people by the Federal Agency of Research (FIA) at airports.

“We have decided to strictly implement the decision to provide equal opportunities to all travelers without any discrimination,” said Minister of Information, Fawad Chaudhry. “We have seen that influential people used to seek help from FIA officials at the airports that accompanied them to quickly clear their luggage”, to avoid long lines, said the minister. The VIP protocol was usually enjoyed by politicians, legislators, bureaucrats, judges, military officers and, sometimes, journalists.
As of Sunday, immigration counters will be monitored at all airports in Pakistan and if VIPs are seen enjoying special treatment, the immigration staff and the official in charge would be suspended immediately, the Ministry of the Interior warned. letter sent to the FIA. Khan himself has retained the portfolio of the Ministry of the Interior as he intends to personally supervise measures against corruption and money laundering.
The move against the VIP culture comes days after the Khan administration banned the discretionary use of state funds, first class air travel and extravagant meals by officials and leaders, including the president and the prime minister. The new Pakistani prime minister ordered his cabinet to observe a simple lifestyle to save taxpayers’ money in an attempt to cut government spending and reduce the huge debt.
A little over a week into his term, Khan is already leading by an austere example. He gave up the luxurious accommodations enjoyed by Pakistan’s prime ministers and instead moved to a three-bedroom house, with only two servants instead of hundreds.
In Pakistan, government officials are famous for their lavish lifestyle, such as the use of official cars for personal activities, excessive foreign visits and grandiose banquets. Khan’s austerity drive and strict steps against the VIP culture have been very well received by the general public, especially by Khan supporters. “It’s time to end the pompous VIP culture of Pakistan.” Imran Khan has said no to luxury vehicles and grand dinners and has asked politicians to take economy class flights. I’m really happy. I think it’s a good start, “said Anam Hameed, a professor at the University of Islamabad, at Gulf News.

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