The Lahore High Court has asked for the details of the expenses incurred on Saudi Crown Prince visit by the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
The orders were given after a petition was filed seeking details of the expenses incurred by the government on a 2-day official visit of the Saudi Crown Prince—Mohammad bin Salman to Pakistan who brought huge investment to Pakistan.
The petitioner mentioned that the state had booked 300 luxury vehicles for the royal guests while the crown prince’s plane was accompanied by JF-17 fighter jets as it entered the airspace of Pakistan.
According to the media reports more than Rs200million were spent on the preparations of the visit, the petitioner stated.
The petition had this mentioned too that using the national exchequer for the payment of foreign dignitary’s state visit was against the Islamic laws and traditions.
During the hearing, the high court bench emphasized that the petitioner could have asked the details from the Ministry of Information, but the lawyer of the petitioner argues that since it was a case of public interest, they did not find the need of approaching the ministry.
Later, the bench issued a notice to the federal government and related departments and provided them time until the 19th of March for submitting their reply.