The Pakistan Tehrek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s announcement that the Prime Minister (PM) House would be turned into a postgraduate educational institution has received severe criticism from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Nafisa Shah.

The PPP leader, disapproving the decision, tweeted, “The PM House is not Imran Khan’s personal property. It is a state asset and belongs to the people of Pakistan and would be the residence of all future prime ministers as well.”

Nafisa Shah said that PM Imran Khan should turn Bani Gala into a university instead. “The 300 canal property of Bani Gala is a very good location. Let’s start with Bani Gala Institute of Agroforestry there,” she said in another tweet.

“I am all for universities and colleges, but Islamabad - a city of 12 lakh people - has 20 Universities and 100 colleges. Each of them needs more resources to improve their quality,” she said. She added that the PM House was an institution, not simply a residence. “It’s sad that PTI is resorting to such cheap stunts,” the PPP leader said.

On Thursday, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced that the land on which the PM House was presently situated would be made into a postgraduate institute.