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PTI govt’s claim of being honest is the biggest lie, claims Shehbaz

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and National Assembly Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif has said that claims of the PTI government being honest and transparent was the biggest lie in the history of the country.

Hassan Naqvi Staff Reporter

04th Dec, 2021. 05:31 pm

Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif. Image: File

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and National Assembly Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif has said that claims of the PTI government being honest and transparent was the biggest lie in the history of the country.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Shehbaz said the PTI government was the most incompetent, corrupt, laid-back, and inexperienced government in Pakistan’s history.

The entire nation is suffering miserably because a selected, illegal government was formed as a result of rigged elections

Shehbaz strongly condemned the incident on Sialkot saying that the PTI exploited religious issues for political gains whereas PML-N did not politically exploit this incident.

He said that Pakistan enjoys good diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka and hoped that the culprits of this horrific incident would be punished according to law.

Shehbaz said the economic blunders committed by the PTI government over the past three years had shaken the very foundations of Pakistan.

“Inflation, unemployment are threatening the very existence of Pakistan,” adding that the Covid-19 started in March 2020 and there was no doubt that the entire world was facing an increase in inflation, but Pakistan was right now ranked third in the world and first in South Asia as the country with the highest inflation rate. Pakistan and Pakistanis were facing the most devastating economic condition in the history of the country.

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The PML-N president recalled that the joint opposition warned repeatedly that the government must focus on the situation of the average Pakistani instead of rich corporations amid these troubled times, but they completely ignored it.

He said it was extremely difficult to discuss these crucial issues with the PTI government because they resorted to foul language and cussing if one would disagree with them.

Shehbaz said PML-N’s performance in the health and education sector was also a milestone for any government to follow and the projects on the ground were a proof of that.

The PML-N government invested in transport infrastructure, he said.

“Had the PML-N government not set up these mass transport projects with zero emissions, imagine what would have been the state of affairs both in terms of traffic and with respect to the air pollution. On the other hand, the so-called billion tree tsunami turned out to be a massive fraud,” he said.

Shehbaz said state bank’s figures reject PTI’s claims that they had paid off debt. He said the best they might have done was that they could have rolled this debt over because the net payments were the same. The entire country was suffering because of the economic destruction caused by this PTI government.

Shehbaz questioned where was that loan commission that was formed at the stroke of midnight as if there was some sort of emergency, security agencies like ISI, FIA and IB were all included in that commission but its report is still pending. He said that report was pending because they couldn’t find any wrongdoing by PML-N while they were guilty themselves.

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Talking about the trade deficit, he said the dollar which was at Rs122 in June 2018 was now at Rs179, which meant that the rupee was devalued by Rs55. Meanwhile, exports were minimal and the imports had shot through the roof.

The trade deficit was now at $23 billion and might reach $50 billion by next year.

The PML-N president said the expenditures of the President House and the Prime Minister House were increasing while the government had decided to cut the development expenditure by Rs200 billion on IMF’s directions which would further increase unemployment.

Criticising the PTI government’s agriculture policies, he said Pakistan used to export wheat and sugar but was now importing them worth billions of dollars under Imran Niazi’s rule.

He said that despite efficient gas powered projects, the Imran-led government imported billions’ worth of furnace oil and produced expensive electricity to benefit their blue-eyed.

The government did not buy the cheaper gas available in the international market and ended up buying the most expensive deal.

On top of that, he said, the country now faced gas shortage which would affect the industry and exports as well, in addition to the domestic users.

The National Assembly Opposition leader said that this government was now going to impose Rs4 Petroleum Development levy every month and would re-impose Sales Tax which would further burden the already crushed Pakistanis.

“Pakistan has no choice but to pay off these loans which is going to be a tough job but can only be achieved by competent and honest administration not by corrupt and incompetent ones,” he added.

Shehbaz rejected notions of rift between the opposition and praised the unity of the joint opposition over national issues.

He said that they would continue to fight the case of Pakistan inside and outside the parliament.

Responding to a question he said the December 6 meeting of the joint opposition would decide the details regarding the Long March.

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