Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry held a press conference on Sunday and said that the Prime Minister (PM) House expenses have been brought down from around Rs1 billion to under one million rupees by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

Fawad Chaudhry said that the debt had risen to Rs28,000 crore when former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was leaving the PM office. “How can a Pm of a country live so lavishly when there are people in the nation who do not have the money to buy medicines?” asked Fawad Chaudhry.

He further said that the government was proceeding with good intentions and the army and judiciary were at its back. “Our politics will be criticised and praised at the same time,” said Fawad Chaudhry.

The information minister said that auctioning the PM House buffaloes was a decision to make sure the message is conveyed to the public regarding austerity measures of the government.

Eight buffaloes, allegedly bought to cater to the 'gastronomic requirements' of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, were sold for Rs2.3 million in an auction at the PM House on Thursday.

Prices for the five calves and three buffaloes were paid in cash. Two of the four calves were purchased by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) worker Fakhar Warraich for Rs215,000 and Rs270,000. A citizen of Talagang purchased the third calf for Rs182,000.