Islamabad (March 08, 2018): Following instructions from National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Javed Iqbal, the accountability body’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa wing has obtained details of Imran Khan’s use of government helicopters from the provincial administration department.
Sources added that NAB KP was also provided the purchase agreement for the helicopters and also the rules and regulations for the usage of the aircraft.
According to the documents, PTI chairperson used the KP government’s helicopters free of charge for a total of 74 hours to travel approximately 18,000 kilometres.
The provincial government recorded in its books a total expense of Rs2.1 million at approximately Rs28,865 per hour for Khan’s 40 trips on the two helicopters — an Mi-17 and an Ecureuil.Similar trips using a private helicopter would have cost the PTI chairperson tens of millions of rupees, according to estimates.
Khan used the Mi-17 for 21 hours 50 minutes on 12 trips amounting to a recorded expense of Rs1,270,307.
Similarly, he used the Ecureuil helicopter 28 times for a total of 52 hours and 5 minutes, amounting to a recorded expense of Rs836,875.
Combined, Khan used both helicopters for a total of 73 hours and 55 minutes, resulting in an expense of Rs2,107,181 recorded by the provincial government.The PTI chief, whose party governs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, used the helicopters to fly to and from Bani Gala, Islamabad, Mardan, Peshawar, Abbottabad, Haripur, Swat and Nathiagali, Kohat, Batagram, and Chakdara, among other places.
In its documents, the administration department mentioned the purpose of the flights as “official use and urgent nature of work”.