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Pak senate chief okays Rs 11 mn for himself!

M Soomro has approved the purchase of a Mercedez-Benz at a cost of Rs 11 mn for himself.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 12:07 IST

Senate Chairman Muhammadmian Soomro has approved the purchase of a new Mercedez-Benz at an approximate cost of Rs 11 million plus other incidental charges for himself.

According to informed sources, Soomro was expected to buy the Mercedez-Benz to mirror National Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Amir Hussain (who got one last year).

Hussain's Mercedes cost the national exchequer around Rs 11 million last year and drew a lot of criticism from within and outside the Parliament.

The Senate Finance Committee, headed by Soomro, has now included the cost of the car in the budget proposals for 2006-07.

Up to now, Soomro was moving around in a Rs 10 million Land Cruiser, which was purchased last year.

First Published: May 10, 2006 12:07 IST