'Royal' FM's fund raiser cost national kitty heavily
ISLAMABAD – While thousands perished and millions were forced to flee from the floods that swept Pakistan this month, the Foreign Minister, who came with a cup in hand for foreign aid, was spending thousands of dollars per night at cushy five-star hotels in the US
‘Beggars cannot be choosers’ evidently is an adage never heard by our honourable leaders. Be it a visit to the flood affectees’ camps or a trip abroad to collect alms for the badly devastated country of ours by the unprecedented flash floods. Their style and status never appears to change.
To the shock and surprise of the entire nation, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi of this unfortunate country spent as many as $20,000 from the national kitty during his stay in a luxury hotel in New York City.
The total expenditure of Qureshi’s visit including the spending on his six-member entourage may inflate more.
Interestingly, when UK Prime Minister David Cameron came to NYC to attend a meeting (Qureshi went there to attend the same meeting) recently, he stayed at the British consulate residence. Qureshi proved to be more Royal than the Royal servants of her Majesty!
According to sources, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his delegation of six assistants who were in NYC recently to beg the world for aid, stayed at Barclay Continental Hotel, one of the most expensive hotels of the city, which cost the national kitty thousands of dollars. It is pertinent to mention here that it is the same hotel where President Asif Zardari uses to stay whenever he is in New York City.
On the other hand, PAF Chief Qamar Suleman forced Ambassador Hussain Haqqani to cancel a lavish dinner in his honour during his recent visit there. Ironically, following the rejection by the Air Chief, Haqqani is said to have spun the rebuff and released a story to the official APP news agency that he himself had cancelled the dinner and donated the expense to flood victims.
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