Prime Minister Imran Khan took a strong stance against the opposition parties in the National Assembly on Saturday for calling him a ‘selected PM’, saying those who entered politics during military dictatorships were now criticising him.
Speaking in the National Assembly, the premier slammed previous governments for today’s economic ills.
“The opposition is misleading public on the devaluation of the rupee,” he said. “Shehbaz Sharif delivered a charged address in which he blamed us for the rupee devaluation and economic situation. He did not say why we are here: this government had the largest fiscal deficit. Imports were high, exports very low.”
He termed money laundering the main of dollar shortage in the country.
“One of the main reasons is money laundering. The ruling elite siphoned off dollars from Pakistan. When rulers do that, then no one can be stopped. We have found out that there are $10 billion of Pakistanis abroad,” he said.
Fake accounts, he added, were also used for siphoning of money to take it abroad.
PM Imran claimed that when his party came into power, all public institutions were facing record losses.
He said remittances of overseas Pakistanis were increasing through legal channels, adding that all out facilities were being provided to lure the foreign investment into the country.
The prime minister argued that those people who were making speeches faced allegations of stealing public money, regretting that Public Accounts Committee was being chaired by a person accused of corruption.
“This [Shehbaz Sharif] opposition leader’s family was responsible for this mess – how can they accuse us? In western democracies, the parliament protects public interest. Here, people who faced massive corruption charges are in the parliament lecturing us.”
“We have tainted the sanctity of our parliament through such actions. This parliament passed a law allowing a convicted person to head a political party.”
“As Murad Saeed said,” the premier continued, “Former US secretary of state Condoleeza Rice hs mentioned in her biography that the US wanted these people in power because they protected Washington’s interests.”
The prime minister said all measures were being taken to protect the poor classes from the burden of inflation.
A subsidy of Rs217 billion has been given to protect the 75 per cent consumers of electricity, he claimed, adding that industrialisation was key to national development and the gpovernment will make all out efforts to reinvigorate the industry.
The prime minister congratulated his team and party members for actively participating in the budget session.
He also appreciated the role of government allies for standing united with the ruling party.