- PML-N’s Marriyum Aurangzeb lashes out at govt, calls its austerity policy a mere ‘sham’
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday chaired a meeting to mull a media strategy to highlight the achievements of the government, besides apprising the people of the ‘wrongdoings’ of the erstwhile ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
In a statement issued following the meeting that was held at Banigala, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the federal government decided to highlight the remarkable cuts in government expenditures as well as giving away the discretionary powers of the prime minister.
The appointment of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, whose nomination had raised a hue and cry, will be highlighted in the media as party’s great decision as he hailed from a middle-class family as per the statement.
The minister said the government would also apprise the people of the extravagance by the PML-N government and would hold briefings on its poor performance in the fields of economy, particularly the power and energy sectors. It was also decided that the government would take all decisions through consultation and after taking the parliament into confidence.
It is pertinent to mention Prime Minister Imran Khan called on journalists last month and asked them to give his government at least 100 days before criticizing it. Many journalists and activists on social media had been bashing the newly-formed government for some of its decisions.
MARRIYUM SAYS ‘AUSTERITY A DRAMA’:
In a rebuttal to information minister’s presser, former information minister and PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb took a dig at the government’s austerity regime, says the austerity scheme of the PTI government is a mere sham to hide government’s hitherto ‘shameful performance’.
She said the government cannot fool the masses through frivolous and fabricated media strategies anymore, adding that instead of these biased media games, the government should focus on fulfilling its 100-day reforms agenda, which, according to her, was “nowhere to be seen”.
She highlighted the performance of the PML-N government with regard to generation of electricity, infrastructure, “eradication of terrorism” and commencement of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
“I can’t see any positive change in the future, especially with corrupt and NAB-ridden people in the cabinet,” she said, adding, “Those who used to chant slogans for the revival of the economy have now made ‘begging’ a national policy.”