New Delhi: The 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, that was going to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan this month, was called-off amid the rising tensions between India and Pakistan after the deadly Uri attack.

Later Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka also pulled out off the summit.

Pakistan had made all the arrangements and had gone an extra mile to in order to provide best security for all the dignitaries. The host country had imported 35 armoured luxury vehicles including multiple units of the top of the line Merceddes Maybach s600.

The Foreign Ministry had requested for the luxury armoured vehicles to transport the visiting dignitaries.

With the cancellation of the summit, the fate of these armoured vehicles remains unclear and with every passing day, dust is getting accumulating on these luxury cars.

Now that it is clear that the summit is not going to happen anytime soon, the armoured vehicles should have been handed over to the cabinet division according to the protocol but it still remains undecided what is going to happen with these vehicles.

“Forty percent of the Pakistan’s population lives below the poverty line according to the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform’s own report. While the numbers have improved over the last 12 years, importing vehicles worth hundreds of millions of Rupees and then leaving them to collect dust raises serious questions about Islamabad’s priorities,” Geo news reported.

 

First Published | 19 November 2016 4:46 PM
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