Imran castigates PM Shehbaz for ‘destroying economy’

Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has lambasted Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for the dire economic situation of the country, and urged the current government to bring back the "looted money" stashed abroad

He made these remarks while addressing the nation through a video link on Wednesday

The former prime minister vowed to hold accountable the incumbent rulers when he returns to power, and he expressed confidence that his party would come into power, ‘no matter what happens’

"In the past, these rulers escaped law, but in the future, they would face the consequences for violating the Constitution and fundamental rights," he added

Imran also criticised the government's austerity measures and told the rulers to stop fooling the people by sharing plans to cut down the number of government vehicles and sell land

He warned that the economic situation would not improve with the government's cosmetic measures

"The coalition government claimed to fix the economy within 10 months, but have actually destroyed the country," he added

He held the rulers and their facilitators responsible for all the wrongdoings in the country, including inflation, a failing economy, and low inflow of remittances from overseas Pakistanis

"After coming into power, they had only one objective, quashing their corruption cases," he added

Also read: PM announces sweeping austerity measures; ministers to pay own bills, forego salaries The PTI chief said that Pakistan was facing three times higher inflation as compared to the tenure of his government

He criticised the government's agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and said that the prime minister was asking people for sacrifices, he should rather render sacrifices

"If you want to do something for the country, bring your looted money back from abroad," he added

Imran also spoke about the upcoming elections in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and said that the caretaker governments could not exist after 90 days

"If polls are delayed after 90 days, then the nation will have to step outside to defend their Constitution

Our goal is to ensure the implementation of the rule of law and the Constitution in the country, not the jungle's law," he added

The former prime minister also criticised Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja's role in not issuing the schedule for the polls and maintained that Article 6 should be applied to the electoral body's head for violating the Constitution

The PTI chief paid tribute to his party workers and supporters in Lahore for participating in the 'jail bharo' (volunteer arrest) movement, which kicked off earlier in the day

He admired the people of Lahore and the PTI senior leadership for giving their arrest, and he thanked the people for being there when he appeared before the Lahore High Court (LHC) two days ago seeking protective bail in the case pertaining to protests outside the offices of the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP)




Date:23-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link