• Wed. Mar 8th, 2023

Imran Khan addresses party supporters via video link

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan Saturday reiterated his demand for free and fair elections, warning the country might sink otherwise.

The former prime minister was addressing his workers and supporters at Liberty Chowk via a video link along with Chief Minister Punjab Parvez Elahi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM Mehmood Khan from his residence in Zaman Park.

At the outset of his address, the PTI chief said he wanted to inform the people about why did he decide to dissolve the assemblies in both the provinces where his party ruled.

The cricketer-turned-politician said he provided all the details to the courts about his assets just like every common man in Pakistan — unlike the ones who “loot” the money of the masses and siphon it abroad.

“All their money, business, and children are abroad. They are living a luxurious life in Pakistan after looting the money of the nation,” Imran said, claiming that he never thought that he could ever live anywhere else except Pakistan.

The PTI chief said that for the first time in his life, he “fears” that the “corrupt gang” imposed on the country was taking the nation towards destruction. 

“You can ask any industrialist, labour, and farmer; their finances cannot be managed amid the ongoing economic situation,” he added.

Shedding light on the record-high inflation — which clocked in at 23.8% in November — he said that Pakistan witnessed 50-year high inflation after the incumbent government came into power. “They washed away all the hard work we did,” he lamented.

The PTI chief recalled that the economy — including industries, taxes, exports, and agriculture — witnessed a boost during his party’s government, which lasted for nearly four years.

“But this government has not been even able to progress in one sector. Given the situation in the country, 750,000 people have gone abroad,” Imran said lambasting the ruling coalition.

The ex-prime minister lamented that the hundreds of thousands of people who left Pakistan were skilled workers and their absence will hurt the country in the long run.

But Imran further lamented that his government — which was ousted in April — worked hard to revive the economy that was on the brink of default when the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) left the government in 2018.

This is a developing story and is being updated with more details.

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