Ijaz Kakakhel Islamabad
Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Wednesday said that the coalition government’s tough decisions have saved the country from bankruptcy.
The minister said that the coalition government is trying to pull the country out of the mess that the previous PTI-led government plunged the country into. Addressing a press conference flanked by Advisor to the PM Qamar Zaman Kaira, Khawaja said that the country was on verge of bankruptcy but the coalition government took difficult decisions by putting their politics at stake and saved the country from default.
Taking a dig at PTI chairman, Khwaja said that Imran Khan’s purpose behind introducing the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) was to give him a two-thirds majority in the House, adding that Imran Khan was planning a dictatorial style of government by repealing the 73rd constitution. “Khan had wanted a different style of governance in the country under which he staged the drama of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and planned to get the then-opposition leaders arrested,” he said. Rafique accused Khan of seeking the support of the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) “draconian laws”, but thanked Allah for taking Pakistan out of the “era of curse” through Khan’s ouster.
The federal minister also criticized the PTI for writing a letter to the Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) for the relief package provided to the people of Punjab by chief minister Hamza Shahbaz. Acknowledging PPP for supporting the PML-N candidates in the by-poll of the 20 constituencies of Punjab, Rafique said that the coalition government has “put politics at stake” and has, instead, taken the charge of the economy.”
The Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique also announced that railway fares would be reduced by 30% on all three days of Eid ul Adha (July 10 to July 12).