Only polls can pull country out of economic quagmire: Imran

US sees Pakistan useful only to clean up

Food item prices increased alarmingly during last nine months

Amraiz Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan highlighting the significance of the fresh elections said that only polls will pull the country out of the quagmire, reiterating that without political stability there is no chance of economic prosperity.

He expressed these views addressing the party workers on the matter of white paper via video link here on Tuesday. The former premier taking a jibe at the Pakistan Muslim League-N and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) said two political families have plundered the country for 30 years. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf issued a white paper on the performance of the incumbent government. The PTI s white paper highlighted a comparison of prices of food items in the last nine months of the PDM government with the previous nine months of the PTI government, revealing that the prices of food items had increased alarmingly in the last nine months.

He again cited Sri Lanka, saying that the country was going through the same situation, lamenting that it was difficult for salaried people to survive under the circumstances.

Speaking about the next government, Imran Khan stated that the successor to the incumbent government should have come to power through a mandate. He feared that approaching the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would cause the country discomfort, adding that if the country received loans from the IMF, it would be difficult to make independent decisions. He slammed the coalition government, saying those involved in activities such as money laundering were now teaching the country a lesson. The former prime minister Imran Khan was highly critical of the economic performance of his rivals. He said that the parties in the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) had derailed the country ever since he was ousted from power in April last year. Imran Khan also lashed out at the ruling alliance for making the wrong economic decisions while asserting that he had worked hard to steer the country towards economic stability and growth. He expressed his concern over the current situation, saying that he feared the direction in which the country was going. He said that at least 700,000 people have left the country considering the present situation of the country.

The PTI chief said there was a dire need to solve the problems of the exporters, claiming that the PML-N left the country in a historical deficit, questioning how the country could be transformed into an “Asian Tiger” and “Paris” for Lahore if exporters were not considered important.