Published Aug 16, 2018 09:59pm

Federal govt granted more time to respond in 'excessive expenses' case against PM Mulk

Rana Bilal

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday granted the federal government more time to file its response against allegations that interim prime minister Nasirul Mulk had made excessive use of state resources during a personal tour, soon after assuming the caretaker role.

On Jun 5, Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri, in his petition, had objected to Mulk's alleged use of government funds during his visit to his hometown of Swat which, he further claimed, the PM had made very soon after taking oath, "instead of tending to his responsibilities".

According to the petition, Mulk caused the national treasury losses of millions of rupees by using a 22-car convoy and security protocol on the said trip.

The petitioner had requested the court to recover from Mulk any expenses in excess of the norm and deposit them back into the national treasury.

On June 8, the high court, after accepting the petition, had directed the federal government to file its response, but upon not receiving one, convened today again to demand an explanation.

The state attorney requested the court for some more time to file a response, granting which the court scheduled the next hearing for August 27.

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