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No VIPs at Pak airports: Imran Khan government bans special protocol

Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan looks on during a political campaign rally for the upcoming general election in Lahore on July 18, 2018. Pakistan will hold a general election on July 25, 2018 pitting the Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) against its main rival, the PTI, led by Khan. / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI

Islamabad :In yet another bid to show that work and not stature is of prime importance, the Imran Khan government has done away with VIP protocol at all airports in Pakistan.
Dawn has reported that the decision to ban special security and other privileges for influential people was done away with starting from Sunday. “We have decided to strictly implement the decision to provide equal opportunities to all travellers without any discrimination,” the country’s information minister Fawad Chaudhry was quoted as saying.
VIPs in Pakistan, like in many other countries, are accustomed to special treatment at airports. Joining queues and waiting for baggage are usually a headache for common citizens. In Pakistan though, airports officials could now be severely punished if found extending special favours to any traveller.
Dawn also reports that while similar measures were announced by previous governments, not much materialised at the ground level.
The Imran Khan government, which won the elections after a poll campaign which also spoke of austerity, has sent strong signals that it means business. First-class air travel for high-ranking officials – including the President and PM – have been done away with while it has been previously reported that the motorcade for Imran Khan will also be kept to an absolute minimum that is required for his safety.