Pakistan’s economy sinking fast since Shehbaz came to power: Imran Khan

130

Rupee downgrading will cause serious threat to national security

Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday stated that Pakistan’s economy is sinking fast since Shehbaz Sharif came to power and global institutes have downgraded Pakistan’s ranking.

Addressing a huge rally in Upper Dir he stated that we will not accept the imported government, adding that he wanted Pakistani youth to stand up for their rights. “Shehbaz Sharif himself looking very nervous and there is a strange fear on his face and current rulers came to power under conspiracy and now they should take responsibility” adding that instead of taking serious measures they are doing irrelevant things.

Former prime minister while expressing anger over economy crisis said the rupee is downgrading constantly which will cause serious threats to national security while in just two months, coalition government crushed the people. PTI Chief said the IMF had also pressured his government to increase fuel and electricity prices.

Imran has claimed that a US-backed regime change was the reason his government was ousted. During his address today, the PTI chairman also lashed out at incumbent Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and asked him why he had “participated” in the conspiracy if he could not govern. At the start of his speech, Imran appreciated the crowd’s enthusiasm, telling them he had decided to start the rally early when he came to know the ground had been filled by 2:30pm.

He claimed that the US, Israel and India were involved in the conspiracy to oust his government and impose Shehbaz on the country not because the incumbent prime minister had any capabilities but because he would obey all orders from his masters.

Shehbaz had taken the first order from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by raising the prices of fuel and electricity, he said, alleging that the US was behind the move.

Imran alleged that the IMF had also pressured his government to increase fuel and electricity prices by Rs10 but he had instead decreased them by Rs10 per litre and Rs4 per unit, respectively. “Imran will live and die in Pakistan. He does not bow before anyone.” The PTI government wanted to protect the people from the impact of global inflation, he said.

Highlighting his government’s performance, Imran said that during his tenure, tax collection reached a record level, two crops saw record yields for two years, average income increased from Rs16,180 to Rs26,300, and health insurance and Ehsaas social security programmes were introduced.

“Imran Khan’s wealth and businesses are not abroad. He will live and die in Pakistan but the imported government leaders, Asif Ali Zardari, Shehbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif’s wealth is outside the country. Their looted money is abroad.”

He added that previous governments of the PPP and the PML-N were ousted because of corruption but his government was removed on the pretext of inflation. However, the real reason for the PTI government’s removal was so “US puppets” could be imposed, he claimed. The PTI chairman then criticised Shehbaz, amid loud cheers and slogans of thief, saying that the incumbent premier looked “worried and afraid” nowadays.