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Security expenses for ex-PM Imran Khan reached Rs 20m/month, says IGP Islamabad

The IGP of Islamabad, Dr. Akbar Nasir recently presented report on security expenses for ex-PM and PTI chairman Imran Khan. He told the Senate Committee on the Interior that 266 security personnels have deputed for Khan’s security. It costs the government of Rs20 million per month due to reports of threats against his life.

The IGP stated that the Islamabad Police is not only has the responsibility to protect him. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Police, the Gilgit-Baltistan Police, Frontier Constabulary and the Rangers are responsible for the former premier’s protection. However, all security forces report directly to the Islamabad police.

Ch. Shujaat Hussain, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had each assigned five security guards. Former prime ministers’ safety is a sensitive topic, hence the IGP warned it should not mention in the media.

The IGP stated before the committee, “we disallowed them since they were not arriving as per the prescribed protocol. It may constitute a menace to each other”. This referred to the bringing in of police from Punjab.

Moreover, he informed the committee that the agencies are utilising these expenses in the process of providing best security for Imran Khan. The process is carrying out in line with the law and that the former prime minister is receiving security in the same way.

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