Unrest, inflation pushed 90m Pakistanis below poverty line, says Sirajul Haq

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Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan Ameer Sirajul Haq had strongly condemned the Pakistan Democratic Movement and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for ruining the country through massive corruption in the center and provinces and asked them to quit the government if they were unable to run the country’s affairs smoothly.

The JI supremo expressed these views while addressing a press conference held at Idara Noor-e-Haq, the JI Karachi headquarters, here on Friday.

He further said that the trika — imposed itself on Pakistan — has ruined the country. The PDM was ruling in the center whereas the PTI and the PPP was ruling in the provinces. He maintained that the situation in the country becomes more and more grim with the each passing day but the three regimes are enjoying their perks and privileges.

He said the ever rising inflation, lawlessness and unrest have pushed 90 million Pakistanis below the line of poverty, whereas the ruling class seems unshaken and steadfast for corruption.

Sirajul Haq further said that the country’s economy was on the verge of collapse while the finance minister was misleading the nation. The foreign exchange reserves has dropped significantly, causing serious problems in banking transactions and other affairs.

The federal government was holding provinces responsible for the situation, while the provincial governments were shifting the blame for the financial debacle, whereas the people in country were paying the price for the incompetency and corruption by the ruling elite, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, he highlighted the sufferings and sense of deprivation, prevailing among the comparatively small provinces. He added that despite all the gloomy situations for the country, the political class in Pakistan have not compromised on its luxuries.

The JI leader also took up the issue of reported corruption and mismanagement during the rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations in the flood affected areas of Pakistan. He said that the government will have to answer for the corruption and plundering as the people have the right to know about where the donations were spent.