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Pakistan rents out PM Imran Khan’s official residence to manage financial crunch

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Pakistan has reportedly rented out its Prime Minister’s official residence in Islamabad in times when the country is dealing with a severe financial crunch.

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PM Imran Khan already vacated the residence back in 2019 when the ruling party Tehreek-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had announced its plan to convert the Prime Minster’s House into a university. Khan has been living at his Bani Gala residence and only uses the PM’s office.

Now, the government has instead decided to rent out the property, as per a reports. The cabinet has decided to allow people to hold cultural, fashion, educational, and other events at the premises.

The auditorium of the Prime Minister’s House, two guest wings, and a lawn can be rented out to generate funds, according to sources cited by local media.

Meanwhile, two committees have been formed to ensure the discipline and decorum of the PM House are not violated during the events, as per media reports.

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Notably, Pakistan’s economy has shrunk by $19 billion in the last three years despite Khan’s taking austere steps to cut down the government expenses to provide some respite to the country’s failing economy.

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