(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Bullet-proof jeeps and helicopters drew hundreds of bidders to a Pakistani government “austerity-drive” auction aimed at cutting vehicle costs.
But the heavily publicised sale – held on the lawns of Prime Minister House – failed to live up to its billing and even drew laughter from buyers.
Auctioneers said the government hoped to net at least $16m (£12m), but just $600,000 was made from Monday’s sale.
Further sales will be held as the government targets a debt crisis.
The bidders showed keen interest in four helicopters the government is putting up for sale. But it was announced they will be auctioned later this month.
There were also many unanswered questions over eight buffaloes the government is parting with.
Earlier this month, an aide to new PM Imran Khan puzzled many when he tweeted that the buffalo had been used by former PM Nawaz Sharif for his “gastronomic requirements”.