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- Sunday, January 08, 2012 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: A new black bullet-proof Prado worth around Rs16 million has landed in the country for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan.


Party sources told The News the PTI chief had opted for a new vehicle in view of security reasons and to cope with his hectic schedule after the party continued to embrace “electables” from diverse political shades.


The vehicle, which was bought on Thursday and yet to be formally registered, has arrived at his sprawling Bani Gala residence with an “applied for” tag.


This correspondent tried to contact party secretary general Dr Arif Alvi, who was not available. Nor did he respond to the text message.


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf finance secretary Azhar Tariq, when approached, expressed his total ignorance to it.


But he said someone had gifted a Suzuki Carry to the party central secretariat to facilitate some staffers’ movement in connection with the office-related matters.


“I have no idea about the party chairman having purchased a new vehicle.


But what I can say categorically is that if it has been bought, it has been bought not from the party’s fund, as there is no such provision in the rules,” he maintained.


Party sources revealed the new vehicle purchase coincides with an unexpected decision by Imran Khan to set up his office (central secretariat) at his residence here, which is being seen by some old campaigners of the party as a security precaution move.