After taking over the PM’s Office and the PM House, Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his first address, had emphasized on cutting costs of the government’s expenditure. One of the measures stated, in this regard, was that the government will be auctioning luxury and surplus vehicles. PM Khan lived up to his promise and an auction of surplus vehicles was held earlier this month.
After this auction of surplus vehicles, next came the turn to auction the eight buffaloes that were kept by former PM Nawaz Sharif for his “gastronomic requirements”.
In a message on Twitter that confused many, PM’s Special Assistant for Political Affairs Naeem ul Haque said the buffaloes will be sold soon.
After the surplus car auction , 4 surplus helicopters will be sold which are lying unused with the cabinet division. Plus , now listen to this, 8 buffaloes which Nawaz kept at the PM house for his gastronomic requirements. So all potential buyers please get ready.
— Naeem ul Haque (@naeemul_haque) September 10, 2018
The eight buffaloes were sold today…
…for Rs2.3 million in an auction at the PM House.
However, while the vehicle auction was applauded, the reaction of people on the buffalo auction today was totally the opposite. There were a lot of people who mocked this decision and made sarcastic remarks about the impact it will have on the economy of the country.
Some lashed out sarcastically
After this auction is over I sense major Investors and multilateral agencies will be camping out in Islamabad.
— Asif (@walstreetblues) September 27, 2018
Others couldn’t help bringing IMF into the conversation
We can now say a big FU to IMF.
No more Cahndanomics
— Last Call (@okallmyfault) September 27, 2018
Others were of the view that it was not a big deal and getting rid of unnecessary stuff is a normal routine
It's called getting rid of the unnecessary stuff. People do such stuff at their house too what's the big deal. You don't need unnecessary stuff.
— Faraz Naqvi (@Faraz_Hasan) September 27, 2018
Some people asked about dogs…
What about dogs…..
— adeel khan (@Adeel770Khan) September 27, 2018
Others were still confused about why buffaloes were needed in the PM House
why the heck would a PM house need milking cows or goats or camels or whatever have you? Cant they buy milk like regular folks? what do they do with almost 250 liters of milk a day? the cost of upkeep of cows is ridiculous. Get real it ain't Mogul Empire
— mulla4sale (@mulla4sale) September 27, 2018
There were also questions raised about the wisdom behind this auction:
It feels like old Pakistan wisdom was masked .See how easy it is for Naya Pakistan sold the buffaloes and the loan is paid.
— rabeea mumtaz (@RabeeaMumtaz) September 27, 2018
Bring on the endless drama!
This ll save billions of dollars ✌
— Waqas Ghani (@WaqasGhani) September 27, 2018
However, others found a lighter side to the matter
Saat pml n k joh falto MNA Hay usay Bee sale ker doh 😂😁😃😃😄😄😄
— ķhąțťåķ (@ismailhunny) September 27, 2018
Faltoo ki baat hy to phir to pori PML N pe sale lagani paregi
— ALi (@ali20x7) September 27, 2018
So, loads of mixed reviews about the auction of the buffaloes. However, no matter how small a step this may be, all everyone hopes for is that we actually get to see some real change at the end of the day. What do you think about it, though? Let us know in the comments below!
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