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Punjab govt in dark about PM’s austerity policies: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD (Muslim Times) – Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, while taking a U-turn, Thursday said it seems Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Usman Buzdar and his government are in the dark about Prime Minister Imran Khan and federal government’s austerity policies.

The federal minister said in a tweet that such sham exercise of awarding huge benefits to themselves would not have happened otherwise.

“Seems Punjab Government and the CM House is in the dark about the PM and the federal Govt Austerity policies otherwise such sham exercise of awarding huge benefits to themselves would not have happened,” Fawad wrote on Twitter.

Fawad Chaudhry’s tweet came after PM Imran Khan expressed dismay over the increase in salaries of MPAs, ministers and Chief Minister Usman Buzdar of the Punjab Assembly.

Imran Khan tweeted, “I am extremely disappointed by decision of Punjab Assembly to raise pays and privileges of MPAs, ministers and especially CM.”

“Once prosperity returns to Pakistan such a move could be justified, but now, when we do not have resources to provide basic amenities to all our people, this is untenable,” he added.

Let it be known that Fawad Chaudhry had earlier supported the decision of increasing salaries of Punjab government’s officials but changed his statement after the tweet of PM Imran.

PTI MPA Samsam Bukhari also retracted his support for the Punjab Assembly’s decision of increasing salaries and said those who can come here by winning elections don’t need increments. 

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