LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that there was no example of what happened in the last eight months as more than 700,000 people left the country.
The former premier made these remarks while addressing a ceremony of party’s issuing of white paper on country’s state of economy here in Lahore today.
He regretted that two political families Sharifs and Zardaris had plundered the country for 30 years.
Imran Khan has asserted that strong institutions were imperative to curb corruption, saying that the countryâ€™s economy can be restored only with the implementation of law.
He reiterated that political stability was a must to revive the countryâ€™s â€˜deterioratingâ€™ economy, adding that â€˜transparent and immediateâ€™ elections were the only way out of the prevailing challenges.
Talking about the exports, he said there was a dire need to resolve issues of the exporters, claiming that the former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government left the country in a historical deficit.
He questioned how the country can be transformed into an â€˜Asian Tigerâ€™ if exporters were not considered important. He slammed the coalition government, saying those involved in activities such as money laundering were now teaching the country a lesson.
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Imran Khan also expressed concern over the â€˜risingâ€™ inflation, saying that the prices of essential commodities â€“ including petroleum products and power â€“ have increased by up to 200 percent.
He further claimed that almost 1.5 million people were left unemployed in the field of the textile sector. The former premier also expressed concern over the rupeesâ€™ depreciation against the US dollar.
Speaking about the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Imran Khan stated that approaching the IMF would cause the country discomfort, adding that if the country received loans from the Fund, it would be difficult to make independent decisions.
Referring to the economic survey, the former prime minister said that after 17 years, it was his government that delivered for the country with perfection.
Speaking about the next government, Imran Khan said that the successor to the incumbent government should have come to power through a mandate.
He lamented that his government, â€˜which was showing great performanceâ€™, was toppled and thieves were imposed on the country. â€œWe were repeatedly told that we have failed to deliver and later gang of thieves were imposedâ€, he added.
The former prime minister pointed out that strong institutions were imperative to curb corruption, adding that the countryâ€™s economy can be restored only with the implementation of law.
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