Shehbaz Sharif Claims Never Took A Penny As CM Amid Pay Rise Bill Controversy
Former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that he never took a single salary while he was on the post amid Punjab Assembly pay raise controversy.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president spoke to the media outside the accountability court and also expressed reservations about party supremo Nawaz Sharif’s health.
The PML-N leader warned that the government will be responsible if anything happens to Nawaz Sharif.
Punjab Assembly has recently passed a bill to increase salary and perks of MPAs, ministers and the CM.
As per the bill, the monthly salary of members, including perks and allowances, was raised from Rs83,000 to Rs210,000. MPAs basic salaries were increased from Rs18,000 to Rs80,000 while daily allowance was increased from Rs1,000 to Rs4,000.
Also, CM Usman Buzdar will also get a house in Lahore if he does not have one of his own. Moreover, he will also be given a 2500cc car, 10 security guards and several servants.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had expressed ‘extreme disappointment’ by Punjab Assembly’s decision to raise pay and privileges of MPAs, ministers and Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
Khan took to Twitter to express his disappointment over the matter, saying that a pay rise was only justified if the performance of the provincial government was on par and the country was prospering.
I am extremely disappointed by decision of Punjab Assembly to raise pays & privileges of MPAs, Ministers & esp CM. Once prosperity returns to Pak such a move cld be justified, but now, when we do not have resources to provide basic amenities to all our people, this is untenable
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 14, 2019