Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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Imran Khan vows to grant Pakistan citizenship to Afghan refugees

The sale of bulletproof luxury vehicles, helicopters and even eight buffalo drew hundreds of curious onlookers but few buyers to an "austerity-drive" auction held by the Pakistani government this week.

Responding to the points of Akhtar Mengal regarding the status of Afghan refugees and Bengalis, the PM said his party had signed an agreement with BNP-Mengal for the return of these refugees. "Accompanying ministers will also meet their counterparts to discuss bilateral cooperation", said a statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO).

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh on Monday claimed that Pakistan's newly-elected Prime Minister is very much a puppet of Pakistan Army and that the army is still ruling the country just like it used to do before. Two of the cars are 4,000cc bullet-proof vehicles; the ministry of interior will issue a permit for handing over the bulletproof cars to the successful bidders.

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The premier is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and Advisor for Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood on the two-day visit.

"70 cars have been sold so far", he said, adding that the auction will be conducted in two phases. The second batch comprised of high-end luxury cars, which included the Mercedes Benz S-300, Maybach S-600, BMW 7-Series, BMW X-Series and etc.

Moreover, 24 Mercedes Benz of 2016 model were also part of the auction.

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The cars will be sold to those who have the highest bid, the report said.

Other vehicles to be auctioned include eight Suzuki cars, five Mitsubishi vehicles, nine Hondas and two jeeps.

"The Prime Minister will meet Saudi leadership and will discuss regional and global issues", another senior government official said. As part of the cost-cutting initiative, he had announced the auction of surplus PM House vehicles.

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