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Helipad controversy for Pakistan's new PM

Published Jun 26, 2012 09:20am


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Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. - Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: The private home of Pakistan's new prime minister may be furnished with a helipad at government expense to save police securing the 14-mile road trip from the capital, officials said Tuesday.

Police told AFP that helipads are customary additions to private residences as part of “VVIP” security arrangements.

But critics lashed out at the arrangements as “disappointing” after Raja Pervez Ashraf said his first priority would be to resolve crippling power cuts that leave millions without electricity for up to 18 hours a day.

Ashraf, who took office on Friday, has moved into the premier's official residence but like previous incumbents is expected to spend weekends at his private home in Gujar Khan, 23 kilometres south of the capital.

“Senior officials visited the site on Monday to review security arrangements. A site has already been selected for the helipad and its construction will commence very soon,” one police official told AFP.

He declined to speculate on the expense, but said the helipad would save police from “the hassle” of finding personnel to man a staggering 300 security points that would otherwise be needed between Islamabad and Gujar Khan.

Ashraf's boss, President Asif Ali Zardari, is famously so nervous about security that he travels by helicopter even on the short distance to the airport.

But other officials said a helipad was just one of a number of proposals being considered for the premier's security and that there was no final decision.

Critics said it would send the wrong message when millions live in poverty, financial crisis could force Pakistan back to the IMF and relations with Washington are on the brink.

“He is enjoying all the perks of his position while ignoring the country's economic problems,” said a spokesman for the main opposition PML-N party, Siddiq-ul Farooq.

“It's a waste of money. It's not surprising that a helipad is being made - that is how Pakistani prime ministers behave,” said political commentator Hasan Askari.

Opinions of Pakistan's rulers “will not change until they perform,” he added.

Ashraf is a controversial choice for prime minister.

The Supreme Court last week dismissed his predecessor, Yousuf Raza Gilani, for contempt for refusing to reopen corruption cases against the president.

Ashraf only took office after a judge issued an arrest warrant for the first suggested replacement.

He faces corruption allegations from his tenure as water and power minister.


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javed Jun 26, 2012 09:36am
Oh no
Faisal Taquie Jun 27, 2012 04:39pm
Or better yet, the PM can travel from Islamabad to Gujar Khan, like the rest of us, and perhaps, just perhaps get to see what 170 Million Pakistanis face everyday!
suleman Jun 26, 2012 06:04pm
This is the cost of democracy, they have been robbing us in the name of it just because Army might take over and every politician might not get the opportunity to steal.
Masood Jun 26, 2012 11:07am
This is annoying, one week ago he didn't had any security and is it that so that with in one week whole Pakistan become his enemy now? Once a country in EU, the PM asked for extra hours security, parliament and court denied and said may be you might have people against you upon you actions and that is your personal life and we and no one can give you garnty of any thing. So, on behalf of you personal actions we are not liable. Go arrange yourself and or pay the police department on hour bases.
Trax Jun 27, 2012 08:34am
I think he should as he does not have a very long tenure ahead of him...the elections coming up and all....i think its best that he enjoys staying in the PM house while he can.
Trax Jun 27, 2012 08:36am
Or maybe once the tenure is up, he should be asked to pay for the expense occurred on the facelift of his house etc....lets see if he would want all the perks then... :)
Jahangir Mushtaq Jun 26, 2012 11:03am
Support Imran Khan help bring change!
Aqil Jun 26, 2012 10:58am
your argument has a weight .
Ahmad Ahsan Qureshi Jun 26, 2012 03:30pm
The prime minister has no right of that much security in the first place. All of these protocols are illegal due to absence of any document/ruling defining the limit of expenditure on one's protocol. Blocked Roads or Helipad, both are illegal.
mww Jun 26, 2012 04:57pm
He should just pay for his own helipad, just like the millions who pay for their own security. He wants to be the PM, that's the consequence. If the Job is so hazardous, perhaps he can think about how to create an environment of safety and security for people as well as Govt. employees.
najeeb Jun 26, 2012 10:49am
Hey everyone ! It is only compacted earth and some cement. A helicopter can land anywhere where there is flat ground - even on a grassy meadow.. Yes our PM can have a helipad - I approve whole-heartedly, especially if it takes the load off the police services who are badly required for other more important duties than stopping road traffic and creating general inconvenience for citizens.. Yes Mr. PM you can have your helipad - it sound glamorous but it's only cement.
Atif Jun 26, 2012 10:48am
we pakistani feel shame in international and national forum. And these politicains feel proud and they are in illusions
Wasif Jun 26, 2012 10:04am
Yes lets please wait a couple of weeks so that the tender to be issued for the construction of the helipad does not result in another controversy for this government.
BuSaif Jun 26, 2012 11:17am
It is matter of moments, when Justise Chaudry ask the same job to the new PM which was asked to the older one.... so this might end up even faster..... Save the cost of helipad and save the helicopter too....
maungdu Jun 26, 2012 11:17am
yes, why not, but how about helicopter?
shahzadi Jun 26, 2012 11:25am
pitty on a premier of a state where people r dying of hunger,facing worst loadshedding of the time and what much so that our generation to be born is also under debt.should he think to do all this????????????????????????
Khalil Jun 26, 2012 09:59am
I agree with Irfan, although they will get commission for constructing a helipad.....
infiltrator Jun 27, 2012 02:11pm
This country has become a laughing stock. If you read newspapers, seems like one is looking at Sunday comics in Western countries.
maungdu Jun 26, 2012 11:23am
dig and take helipad to the new pm house
Arif Jun 26, 2012 11:29am
Ultimately, a helipad will get built and the PM will travel by road - there is no way to avoid the two expenses.
Yousuf Jun 26, 2012 11:34am
When we are stuck on the road due to securoty arrangement. We say "why don't these people use the helicopter and when they do. we say why ?????
Sheikh A. Bukhara Jun 26, 2012 11:58am
It is now almost a religious belief among many middle and upper middle class urban Pakistanis that about everything the government does must be infested with corruption. Even the jokers who are criticizing this action of building a helipad are refusing to see the benefit (saving the cost of security personnel). The US President takes a helicopter to his retreat in camp David and to catch his plane (Air Force One). And isn't a helipad basically a flat piece of land marked out in a circle? Please stop bitching for no reason.
Dr Shaaz Mahboob Jun 26, 2012 01:53pm
How about if he paid for it himself? That would be a good gesture and save public money. Also it would solve the impending traffic problems that the poor public along the way from Gujar Khan to Islamabad would have to face.
Jennifer Jun 26, 2012 01:50pm
It explaines the popularity of President and PM of pakistan that they are scared from their own people. Strange Strange and they should be ashamed.
sohail osman ali Jun 26, 2012 12:29pm
Its all about sacrifice- PM should sacrifice weekends visits to his private residence so that the state saves money on security, be it helipad or hundreds of cops along the route
Jamal Jun 26, 2012 12:35pm
A few months PM need helipad for security at his own residence... wow... thats mean Zardari should asked for Private Airport at Bilawal House and his other residences..
Nachees Jun 26, 2012 12:36pm
We promise to construct Helipad at our expense. But time to fulfil our promise will be the same as he is taking to fulfil his promise about electricity.......3 years plus !!!!!!!!!!
Ikram Jun 26, 2012 12:43pm
Let's hope that our air defences can track the helicopter!
M. Bilal Noor Jun 26, 2012 01:38pm
The helipad is cement indeed, its the use of a helicopter short-haul thats the issue. Fuel costs plus the helicopter maintenance costs etc. I'd second the security guys if the PM decides to do away with his entire pool of cars and use the helicopter only. Another cost / expense head for the corrupt to meddle with and make money from it. Our politicians should be brave enough to face the public, if you hold a public office you should be ready for its consequences, afterall we are in a state of war and war has its casualties. Some jobs are riskier than others, if you think your life is more important then you shouldn't contest elections and hold an office, be a baker instead. I feel sorry for all those who have laid down their lives for this country and were far better men and women than the lot that is ruling us. Vive le' Democracy!
javed Jun 26, 2012 12:48pm
It is a matter of days before new PM will follow the footsteps of Gillani. So why not to save public money.
Muhammad Jun 26, 2012 03:10pm
Considering the short span of premiership that he has, i believe he should spend maximum time, if not all, in his office and make the most out of it instead of picnicking. A helipad for six months or so is a wasteful lavishness and so is regular visits to his home as if he is in boarding school eager to visit his parents on every weekend.
khurram Jun 26, 2012 12:59pm
Every corp commander has a fleet of helicopters at his disposal. That is never questioned or mentioned. The PM gets a helipad, and the media goes bonkers.
Agha Ata Jun 26, 2012 06:20pm
The only good the helipad would do is to take the Ex PM back to his home (the last time) after it is all over. (But my wife said that he would not be entitled to this free ride, then!
Shah Jun 27, 2012 05:56pm
how was he commuting to Isl to Gujar Khan before he became the PM of Pakistan!!!
shaukat ali chughtai Jun 27, 2012 06:00pm
It wd roughly cost 395,000 dollars to buy for him a flyin car from pm house to gujjar khan. Calculate cost and order flying car for him.
Tariq Jun 27, 2012 06:04pm
Expatriate Jun 27, 2012 09:03pm
Thanks God;they are thinking of building a helipad and not an airport.So what's fuss about it?
sajjad Jun 26, 2012 05:33pm
The helipad would be constructed for a pittance, considering the cost of alternative - his taking Islamabad Expressway and GT Road every other weekend. But I would love to see him drive to Gujar Khan. Maybe the most neglected road of Islamabad, the Islamabad Highway beyond Airport Chowk to Rewat receives some attention from CDA. The expansion of this highway took nearly 10 years to complete and even now it is insufficient to carry the traffic both intercity and to various housing schemes upto DHA.
Almanar Jun 26, 2012 09:33am
Two points here. 1. “He is enjoying all the perks of his position while ignoring the country’s economic problems,” said a spokesman for the main opposition PML-N party, Siddiq-ul Farooq. When their leader Mr. not-so-Sharif was in power did he not ignore the country's economic problems. No need to go in details here. 2. He faces corruption allegations from his tenure as water and power minister. What's new? Almost all the head of the states president or prime ministers of Pakistan have been or had been involved in some kind of corruption allegations.
RSChauhan Jun 27, 2012 08:02am
Is there a cheaper solution? Does the PM HAVE to visit his home every weekend, why can't he stay put in Islamabad? Alternatively he should pay for his personal security for purely personal travel including hire of helicopters and building helipads.
Morad786 Jun 27, 2012 09:04am
The Newspaper should also enable commenting on articles on Judiciary, Military and Media.....Mostly these are disabled!
M K S Jun 26, 2012 05:53pm
Dr. Sahib. Really and honestly! Come on now. We are not talking about Jinnah here who took 1Re as his salary and the lifestyle he maintained that is often crticised was managed from his own money not the publc coffers.
M K S Jun 26, 2012 05:54pm
.... and YOU MUST wake up and smell the coffee to put it kindly dear sir.
M K S Jun 26, 2012 05:58pm
Exactly! Took the words right out of my mouth.....erm...keyboard! Gives you a clear idea of their real 'intentions'. Shameless! ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING
ez guy Jun 26, 2012 04:39pm
Grow up guys.Talk about real issues and how to vote in right person.Why to complain when you vote for these guys.
sarmad Jun 26, 2012 01:00pm
It’s a better choice for him to use helicopter instead of commuting by road. Later I believe is not only expensive but also causing enormous suffering to general public when roads need to be blocked for hours.
Agha Ata Jun 26, 2012 01:12pm
Visiting his old home is a private visit to a private place. Government shouldn't spend to make a helipad there. But YES, he can make one spending from his own pocket.
Syed Jun 26, 2012 04:53pm
The way things are in Pakistan he should sleep in his office and work 24 hours a day to fix the country.
FRKH Jun 26, 2012 06:26pm
Even the sky is not the limit for such limitless.
Numan Jun 26, 2012 04:37pm
If he delievers what is required, i dont mind him taking a world trip before going to Gujar Khan. U look good enjying all the benefits only if you can prove that you are worth it. In this case am afraid he is trying to prove me wrong...
Riaz Jun 26, 2012 04:48pm
The real question is .... will our ranting here on blog/forums change anything? Will it change their decision of building a new helipad? The answer is NO! If that is the case, then why even bother ranting here and boiling our blood. It won't make a difference to the politicians of Pakistan, but will make a difference to us as we'll die sooner with heart and blood pressure problems :) Give it up guys! All we can do is to say May Allah Protect Pakistan from these corrupt politicians ... aside from that, nothing will change and nothing will happen!
Chodhary Jun 26, 2012 10:08am
“He is enjoying all the perks of his position while ignoring the country’s economic problems,” said a spokesman for the main opposition PML-N party, Siddiq-ul Farooq." Right... but would you also comment on PML-N's messive spending on building party's new cental office in LHR costing around Rs. 180 millions???
Muhammad Uzair Jun 26, 2012 10:08am
The question is how many weekends the Prime Minister would be spending in G.Khan during his tenure ? The first one only as being PM of the country has to go his hometown and see his family only and then he would list all the foreign visits for the remaining weekends. GKhan of course not the best place to spend the summer though if Europe is given as a choice.
Wasim Jun 26, 2012 10:09am
I think its better for us that we let him have a helipad, this will save us from the agony of waiting in endless road blocks.
Aurangzeb H. Ch. Jun 26, 2012 10:09am
I agree with the comments of Mr. Irfan,it is general trend that the road often remain block for hours causing inconvenience to thousands of commuters beside the ill persons going for the the medical checkups plus ambulances moving to the hospitals. Air passengers going to the adjacent Islamabad airport. In the paste the people of Rawalpindi/Islamabad had a very bitter experience during the era General P Mushraaf. However it is suggested that it should be designed so well that it could be used for the commercial as well as for defense needs.
ameer Jun 26, 2012 11:12am
hahah...Rs. 180 millions and using public money...ahahah...welll pointed
ameer Jun 26, 2012 11:10am
I dont think that those who dont work hard deserve a helipad.
Muhammad Uzair Jun 26, 2012 10:08am
The question is how many weekends the Prime Minister would be spending in G.Khan during his tenure ? The first one only as being PM of the country has to go his hometown and see his family only and then he would list all the foreign visits for the remaining weekends. GKhan of course not the best place to spend the summer though if Europe is given as a choice.
ahmad Jun 26, 2012 04:26pm
PM hopefully will complete his tenure until new eections and present parliament must do legislaion to prevent interference fom SC and high courts.
Zubair Khan Jun 26, 2012 11:08am
What Mr Irfan opined in the begining sounds logical. Further helipad does not cost that huge amount. The only fear is, in view of forthcoming lections as well against the hanging sword of swiss letter, how long he is planning to be the PM. In Northern areas, army aviation has developed temporary helipads. To meet the urgent as well of few months requirements, temporary helipad can suffice. New PM should analyse it and try to save the public money.
Mudassir Hussain Jun 26, 2012 10:40am
Sky is the limit. Everyday we enjoy a new item news from this democratically elected government!!!!!
LionOfPunjab Jun 26, 2012 03:44pm
"....The private home of Pakistan’s new prime minister may be furnished with a helipad at government expense to save police securing the 14-mile road trip from the capital, officials said Tuesday...." This is a good idea! It is a cheaper option than VVIP escort. Why are people criticizing it?
Guest Jun 26, 2012 10:27am
Yes, every house and every apartment should have a helipad.
Mahant Jun 26, 2012 04:20pm
Helipad is a better solution for security than closing the streets and interrupting traffic. If PM changes, build another helipad, it not too much to secure a PM. We are making a big deal out of nothing. We can't go back to carts, horses and caves!
Syed Jun 27, 2012 08:58pm
Dear Sir, in current conditions, you are not suppose to ask questions that makes sense :-)
sane voice Jun 26, 2012 10:12am
Every ordinary pakistani citizen deserve this sort of security. We citizens are no less a human being than a prime minister. By this of government, we are made to believe that all human beings are equal, but some are more equal than others.
mnidarr Jun 27, 2012 03:15pm
Not long I am sure. M.N.I Darr
aijaz gul Jun 29, 2012 09:52am
No helipad and no road security. The PM can go to Gujar Khan without media and PM Staff theatrics, quietly and in the silent of the night. The PM should have the guts (and the brain) to travel to his own constituency without outburst of security and traffic blocks. If he cant do that, he can wait for his next visit to Gujar Khan. He would be out of the PM House soon, any way.
RSChauhan Jun 27, 2012 10:56am
Are we paying?
Fayzee Jun 27, 2012 10:42am
Oh my God, that many comments on just a halipad? Dont you people have anything constructive to do?
Syed M Ahmed Jun 29, 2012 06:04am
This newly minted PM's name is already on the Exit Control List (ECL) so it is only a matter of time before corruption charges are brough against him and he is arrested and put in jail. Prior to that he may be held in contempt & dismissed by the SC for refusing to write to the Swiss Authorities to re-open the ZardarMoney Laundering case. So why bother with building a helipad for him. Choppers are supposed to be able to land anywhere.
fraz Jun 27, 2012 10:37am
i totally agree with u fraz bwp
ggg Jun 29, 2012 07:39am
come onnnn,,,,its just a helipad, i think he should build himself a runway there. rather two of them one for the kids as well. have the helipad there for the kitchen staff maybe.....
Farrukh Sajjad Jun 26, 2012 10:41am
Its better if the PM refrain from going home as his tenure would at most extend till 6 moths. The immediate family can be moved at his official residence, while for others he may make arrangements to invite them at PM house, instead of going there over and over.
ISHTIAQ Jun 26, 2012 03:08pm
Anyone who thinks Imran Khan will bring any significant change in this country is living in a gagaland. The issues of this nation are too monstrous for the likes of Imran Khan to bring about any meaningful positive change. Nonetheless he is the only one on the scene who is untried and thus the nation can try out their luck with their fingers cross. The 2 others should be written off as worthless.
Nachees Jun 26, 2012 12:24pm
He can have Helipad at his own expense. If he can't afford then either stay in Islamabad or quit the job.
I.Butt Jun 26, 2012 01:31pm
Helipad....Go green...No metter what it cost, It will safe the time and extra expenses on security more over Helipad for the Prime Minister of the Pakistan sounds not a big deal infact.
TruthExposed123 Jun 26, 2012 11:37am
so you think that he is working hard??????
kdspirited Jun 26, 2012 02:14pm
What strikes me as ridiculous is that people are commenting on the need or lack there off helipads at PM residence. No body seems to comment on the fact that this is this mans first order of business as Pakistan's PM. Second fact is the misfortune of this nation the top two leadership positions are reflective of the nation they are ruling, corrupt and selfish.
tikki Jun 26, 2012 02:03pm
Give me BATI,PANI,CNG and GAS and you can keep the change
Tipu420 Jun 26, 2012 02:49pm
This is a wise move. Let him do that, however HE MUST DELIVER to the will and expectations of the people of Pakistan
Tariq Jun 26, 2012 02:09pm
I cannot see what all the fuss about, the misery over the security issues it would cause for the ordinary layman in the street were he to travel over ground from PM's official residence to GKhan. Don't people appreciate the misery people will be spared? And the cost of helipad is insignificant they're building an airport!
Tanvir Jun 26, 2012 02:10pm
Yes, then the PM will earn a free small airport addition to his private home after 8 months in service as the PM. What a marvellous house would it be? He does not need a helipad for just a weekend trip to his house. He can simply travel incognito to his house at night after the last party on Friday in Islamabad. No one will notice him if he is not in a motorcade.
rajkie Jun 26, 2012 03:49pm
And add a helipad to his property as well.
Fawad Alam Jun 26, 2012 01:27pm
Why cant he be driven at 3am in the morning to minimize traffic chaos?
Iftikhar khan Jun 26, 2012 01:19pm
God fearing leader does not need all these luxury, best example I can give is of Hazrat Omer (May Allah be pleased with him).Look how he ruled his people, Mr Prime minister, after all you are the Prim Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. .Allah has given you an opportunity to serve the Muslim Ummah in the best way ,it is a test for you,so be careful you will be judged by Allah.
ss verma Jun 26, 2012 09:43am
The Real Question is whether he would last as PM as it takes to build the helipad. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Irfan Jun 26, 2012 09:45am
It's better have the PM flown to Gujar Khan rather than subject thousands of road users to road blocks and pickets on the pretext of the PM's security. I think the helipad and subsequently a short flight to Gujar Khan will cost less when compared to waste of fuel and man-hours consequent upon road blocks. We are talking about a major road hassle and traffic mess every weekend all the way from Islamabad to Gujar Khan and back.
Morad786 Jun 26, 2012 09:55am
I think we as Pakistanis and our Media are lost in small scale and peripheral things! There should be a debate on Economy, Social Services, Energy, Security & Terrorism; INSTEAD and perhaps deliberately our attetion is diverted to small, rediculous and negative aspects of the Powerfull which exist everywhere in the World.... But the World is smarted at getting their leaders to DELIVER the goods whilst having some benefits that come with the Job!
Amir Jun 26, 2012 06:41pm
Once a man entered to Medina and asked another man who was sitting underneath a tree shade on a rug. "Where is the castle of Omar Farooq (RA) I want to meet the Caliph? The man replied I am Omar. He looked at him and replied are you Omar? The man replied yes I am Omar. He was shocked to see this man without any guards, any throne and without a lavish life. A man whose empire was from the east to the west and controlled one-third of the world, yet he lived such a simple life. He was a just leader, in fact he was not a leader he was a servant. May Allah bless us with somebody close to Omar and Abubakkar and Ali and Usman Peace Be Upon all.
zahid hussain Jun 26, 2012 06:55pm
I think PM should move his family to islamabad and he may concentrate and work for Pakistan instead of visiting people in his constituency as preparations for next elections. Once oil and energy rich Irans’s President can live in small house why not PM of war affected poor country can remain in PM house at islamabad.
Samad Jun 27, 2012 09:49am
For God's sake rulers to behave like some decent humen beings, if not they should leave to rule this poor country!
Khushnaam Jun 27, 2012 09:53am
Another Wrong Example to World and even to Citizens of Pakistan
Moosa.M Jun 26, 2012 08:11pm
Let the PM house shift to Gujar Khan. He should stay there for ever.His presence in Islamabad will not bring any change to the country too.
ABlitzer Jun 26, 2012 08:12pm
"Every corp commander has a fleet of helicopters at his disposal." That fleet of helicopters is not for their personal visits to their ancestral homes, by the way. Just thought I should clarify it.
Bilal Jun 26, 2012 08:44pm
excuse me, have you not been reading lately?
Capt Mansur Jun 26, 2012 09:54pm
Excellent comment by the money you all?????
ABUBAKAR Jun 27, 2012 02:39pm
i am very disappointed due to government expenditures people money is using for personal use and no one is thinking situations of people or nations and all are doing just corruption and are increasing your accounts Balance MR.ABUBAKAR
Chris Jun 26, 2012 11:28pm
At least the elite will still have security in Pakistan.... ...everyone else?
Iftikhar khan Jun 27, 2012 12:07am
yes I agree with brother javed
Iftikhar khan Jun 27, 2012 12:07am
yes I agree with brother javed
Nadeem S Jun 27, 2012 12:20am
PPP is the worst party.
Baba Sidni Jun 27, 2012 12:24am
It can be built within an hour. Many a Lego experts and novices have done it before.
Baba Sidni Jun 27, 2012 12:28am
Definitely he is working hard. That's why he became Prime Minister and not you. But what he is working on, is anybody"s guess.
Najmuddin Osmani Jun 27, 2012 12:47am
Now I am about 70 years old grand father of many. It only brings tears to my eyes to remember the day when I alongwith many other school children, teachers and most ordinary Pakistanis had shaken hands with the first Prime Minister Shaheed Liaqat Ali Khan while standing both sides of then Bunder Road Karachi while Quaide Millat riding on an open motor cade. The great Quaide Millat had stepped down from his motor cade breaking all security barriers and walked a few steps to shake hand with an elderly person stuggling to see his glimps from his wheal chair near Purani Numaish. Almost similar used to be the scenario with our most beloved Quaide Azam during his motor cade rides on special days not only at Karachi but all over West and then then East Pakistan. I am sure that Daily Dawn as a great contrbutor to Pakistan History still have some pictures of such events which if republished may prove to be eye opener and conscience awaker to our present age Heads of State and Govt. Pakistan Zindabad.
Karani Jun 27, 2012 01:26am
Beside building a helipad, he should start building a Palace on an emergency basis as he cannot suffer living without one. The helipad should be converted to an airport so he can go on short trip to Dubai to relax after a hard days work and after solving all the country problems every day.
Dr.Nisar A. Kayani Jun 27, 2012 02:26am
Constructing a helipad is not much of problem neither very expensive.But weeklytravel by helicopter is a big burden on the public exchequer.There is no need for a weekly travel to Gujarkhan.But it is only his convessing for the next elections.Comparing with the previous PM who travelled to Lahore and Multan every week this is a far less burden on the public.It is well known that our politicians only pay lip service to the difficulties of the public.Actually they are all for filling tier own pockets and enjoying the facilities.What about frequent travels of Zardari to Dubai and his children,s frequent visits to Pakistan and UK?
KCK Jun 27, 2012 02:51am
Prime Minister will tour all over the world as a new PM of Pakistan. Travelling and enjoying world tours by our PMs is our tradition in the name of official business. He will have no weekends available to make use of the helipad.
Hasan Jun 27, 2012 02:54am
So many comments on a non-issue!
m.y.saleem Jun 27, 2012 03:31am
this is the culture in pakistan,everybody wants vvip treatment. it should be shame on so called polytical leaders. they are doing nothing for country or a ordinary citizen ,i don't benefit from these constitutional amendments which they are boasting day and night.i would request brother citizens not to vote for any person who is part of present assemblies. please elect new people who are educated.
ArK Jun 27, 2012 03:45am
He WILL get the helipad built, no matter what you and I say!! this is a 'power' symbol, one of the perks of being a PM (albeit for a short time).
ali Jun 27, 2012 03:45am
He has not even started performing and wants a helipad putting extra burden on the tax payers. And why does he have top go to Gujar Khan every week end , it will be cheaper to bring Gujar Khan to him.
Amy Jun 27, 2012 03:59am
come on Tanvir sb. atlast hes a PM (jaisa marzi ho) but security shall be the priority. i dont think so its a big deal that media or opposition is highlighting this small thing.
mahfooz Jun 27, 2012 04:56pm
Absolutely,I agree. He should stay in Islamabad 24/7 and try and straighten out a potential "Failed State". His loved ones can visit him. In fact he should be working so hard that he should have no time for unnecessary things.
Faisal Taquie Jun 27, 2012 04:50pm
The PM, elected to serve the "public", needs a helidpad and hundreds of security personnel (if travelling by road) to stay away and hide from the "public":....democracy wins:)
Shahid Jun 27, 2012 04:39am
Cost of constructing helipads is not that much high. The cost of beefing up of security by 300 personnel is in fact the wastage of country’s resources.
Khadim Jun 27, 2012 04:45am
How long does it take to build a helipad... Moreover it would be a national asset and heritage after his leaving the office .... and Gujar Khan will become a tourist destination ....
RASHID Jun 27, 2012 04:51am
why he just don't stay in Islamabad?
jon Jun 27, 2012 05:43am
Why don't we get the PM to work remotely by telecommuting to the office. But wait we need power to run computersin order to telecommute. Wow I give up.
Ammar Jun 27, 2012 12:14pm
Well said. Media is toying with us. Is it worth the news? Don't think Helipad costs much. (Seen helicopters taking off and landing on playing fields without helipads)
jehanzeb Jun 27, 2012 06:05am
Current government has done nothing good for the people of Pakistan and nothing better is expected of new Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. The people of Pakistan should do something on their own so that they are no more exploited.
faizan Jun 27, 2012 01:26pm
in this dire situation the country is going through this sort of luxury is unwarranted. i may take this opportunity and quote something which is worth reading. overly developed country " sweden" and its well known and dedicated prime minister (late) olof palme decided to go to movie with his wife and after movie was over he was waiting on the curb for a taxi to go back home and whilst waiting some lunatic shot him. no security, no helicopter, no official car, this is an example. canadian p.m on his private visits drive his own personal car. prime minister...........going to cinema to watch movie.............then waiting for the taxi to return home.................... can one imagine the height of humality.
Javaid Jun 27, 2012 06:08am
why does he has to go to gujar Khan -- just moves with his family in prime minister house -- its only for a couple of mounths that he can retain this position
azhar piracha Jun 27, 2012 06:10am
Lets wait and see first how long he would last..
@RKzoy Jun 27, 2012 06:18am
How much does a Helipad cost?
NuDge Jun 27, 2012 01:12pm
whats the big deal in getting him a helipad? The PML-N has done nothing special in all these "opposing" years, so we cant take his arguments. Also I agree with employing 300 additional staff for Gujar Khan is useless, a helipad will cost a little but will save the 300 additional employees and their wasted salaries. Besides people and the media should by now accept that there is nothing we can say or do that is going to stop the government in doing what they do, so stop trying.
Javed Kakar Jun 27, 2012 06:36am
Let him pay for it.
@UsmanMalik Jun 27, 2012 12:56pm
Because Media cannot bear someone talking against Judiciary - they will be branded anti-populist ;)
Habib Jun 27, 2012 07:28am
Lolzz... no tourist comes to see helipads in private residences :P
Arif G Jun 27, 2012 07:34am
Well at the latest there is going to be a general election in the beginning of next year (more than likely could be well earlier than that) so he won't be in the office for more than 7-9 months. So in my humble opinion even spending a penny would be an absolute waste of public funds which are already in short supply, no thanks to our great leaders. I sincerely hope that the "PRIME MINISTER" has the decency to look beyond the next next 7-9 months (highly unlikely if we are to go by our past experiences) to save some valuable public funds which can be spent on other well deserving causes.
Raheel Jun 28, 2012 12:44am
Even in a country as affluent as USA, President Obama does not has a helipad put in his private house at taxpayers expense. This is a shmeless abuse of power and government's resources.
KAMl Jun 28, 2012 01:06am
what a nonsense whole the country is facing a economic crisis and they are building helipad for a P M who will be in office for in my opinion a month only
ali Jun 28, 2012 01:59am
You are right ,but people talk about whatever is printed in the now free media, people do talk about the problems that you have identified, but the government seems not to be tackling the important problems at all as such there is chaos in the country, they are more interested in their survival only,as such people talk about helipad and Gillani and his son and Moonis Elahie and corruption etc etc.
syed Jun 28, 2012 03:28am
Government should not waste tax payers money and the money sent by overseas Pakistani's. Plus he does not appear to be a sophisticated person, can I request Dawn to publish his profile including his achievement if any.
Abdur Razzaque Jun 28, 2012 08:24am
The helipad example will encourage others to built for their owns one. What a nice development projects the govt. officials and the VIP's are adopting for the poor peoples of Pakistan. Dedicate yourself for the betterment of the common people you do not need any sky transport. Try to get lesson from the medieval and modern prominent leaders and will see the difference between you and others!