Islamabad (October 16, 2018): Owing to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s austerity drive, the ministry of communications has decided to send a fleet of 246 vehicles for auction.
Minister of State for Communications Murad Saeed has directed to auction the 246 vehicles. In the first phase, 76 vehicles will be auctioned in Islamabad. While in the second phase, the remaining vehicles will be auctioned in Karachi and Quetta.
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Earlier on September 17, Federal Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhry had stated that over 61 out of 102 luxury vehicles of the Prime Minister (PM) House had been sold as the first phase of auction concluded on Monday.
In the next phase of the auction, bulletproof cars will be sold as a part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s austerity drive, he added.
The vehicles include eight BMWs, three cars of 2014 model and three 5000cc SUVs and two 3000cc SUVs of 2016 model.The list also contains four Mercedes Benz cars of 2016 model. Two of them are 4,000cc bullet-proof vehicles.
There are 16 Toyota cars. One of them is a 2004 Lexus car, one 2006 Lexus SUV and two 2004 Land Cruisers. Eight cars range from 2003 to 2013 models.
Apart from these, four bullet-proof Land Cruiser vehicles of 2015 model are also up for auction. There is one Honda Civic 1800cc car and three Suzuki vehicles, including two Cultus cars and one APV, all of them are of 2013 model. The list also includes a 1994 model Hino bus.Last month, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said that the PTI government will try to sell the vehicles on the same price at their market value as the auction is aimed at fund-raising.
Premier Imran Khan, in his first address to the nation, announced the austerity drive and said to decline the use of the heavy fleet of armoured vehicles except two owing to security threats. He announced to auction rest of the vehicles to support the national kitty.