–Abbasi claims govt took record loans in first five months
–Exports declining despite rising dollar price, Miftah points out
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders on Saturday maintained that the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has failed to perform in its first five months.
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, party spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb and former finance minister Miftah Ismail addressed a press conference here in which they lashed at the PTI government.
Abbasi said that the country’s economy is facing serious threats as the present government has received record loans in its initial period.
“The government does not possess any potential, ability or hard work. The ministers do not have an understanding and can only level accusations,” he criticised.
The solution of the gas crisis was told six months back and the matter is not that much difficult to resolve, commented the former PM. He stressed that Sui Sothern’s managing director was sacked while he had nothing to do with the gas crisis.
“The opposition parties are united in parliament and their agenda is to reveal the inability of the government. We do not want to abuse anyone but work for the betterment of the country,” he declared. “The government is toying with the matter of ECL. It places names of those in ECL who they want to threaten; however, their allies are removed from the list.”
“In our tenure, cabinet use to take a decision in five minutes. Law of military courts was formed during our government. The government should explain the expansion in them. The decision will be taken by the parliament,” he emphasised.
Responding on the appointment of Justice Asif Saeed Khosa as new chief justice, Abbasi said that judges should provide justice to everyone.
He responded to the government’s allegations that the PML-N requested them for an NRO [National Reconciliation Ordinance] and said, “The authority to provide NRO resides with the dictator. The prime minister does not have any right to give NRO as per the constitution. Nawaz Sharif attended 185 hearings. Such a person cannot ask for NRO,” he said.
Miftah also bashed the government, saying that 2-8% loss was recorded during the first six months whereas the amount of loans has been magnified.
“The growth of economy has decreased and is heading towards negative,” he said. “The performance of private sector has also fallen. The exports did not witness an escalation in first five months.”
He went on to say that second mini-budget is expected while nothing significant has been done with regards to the increasing dollar price.
“No change has occurred in PM House as the UAE prince stayed there,” he maintained.