Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari
Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Islamabad : The Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmoud said Pakistan Peoples Party leader Asif Ali Zardari spent over Rs1.4 billion (Dh32.39) on his 134 foreign trips as president.

Similarly, Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Nawaz Sharif also spent over Rs 1.5 billion on his 92 foreign visits as prime minister, he stated while talking to a private news channel.

Both the leaders, the minister said, had wasted the public money on their lavish trips as the country got nothing substantial internationally.

The last governments of PPP and PML-N, had borrowed Rs24,000 billion during a decade long tenure, he added.

Shafqat said the country was facing serious challenges due to their corruption and extravagant life style.

To a question about tax reforms, he said the government was aware of its responsibilities but unfortunately, there was no culture of paying taxes in the country.

The people, he said, should pay the taxes honestly so the country could make progress.

About the video scandal, he said if the PML-N leaders had the evidence then they should present the same in the courts. The party had a tradition of using such tactics in the past to escape from accountability for their wrongdoings, he added.

To another question about US President Trump invitation for Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said the visit would further enhance understanding between the two countries.