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Fawad Chaudhry takes U-turn, retracts support for Punjab Assembly’s decision to raise salaries

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday took a U-turn and retracted his support for the Punjab Assembly’s decision to increase the salaries and perks of MPAs, ministers and the provincial chief minister.

Speaking to the media earlier during the day, the information minister had supported the Punjab Assembly’s decision and said, “I feel the salaries of MPAs were very low. The monthly pay was Rs80,000 which was raised to Rs150,000.”

“If we do not take these steps then those belonging to the middle class will not contest the elections,” the information minister had further said and added, “If you say that MPAs and MNAs should not be given salaries then you will driving the middle class driven out of politics.”

However, later following a tweet by Prime Minister Imran Khan expressing disappointment over the move, Chaudhry tweeted, “Seems Punjab Government and the CM House is in the dark about the PM and the federal government austerity policies otherwise such sham exercise of awarding huge benefits to themselves would not have happened.”

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