- Khawaja Asif says Imran Khan often “used state institutions to build his own political narratives.”
- He says politicization of institutions, including the Pakistani army, aroused highly unwelcome objections.
- He claims that Khan first makes a controversial statement and then retracts it.
ISLAMABAD: Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Wednesday scolded the PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan for spreading slanderous statements against government agencies and stated that “no one had a right to.”
Asif, speaking at a joint press conference with with Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said that the politicization of institutions, including the Pakistani army, aroused highly unwelcome objections.
He added that Khan often “used state institutions to build his own political narratives.”
Asif further stated that Khan first makes a controversial statement and then retracts it. “Save face, former the prime minister then masks his statements with excuses of context and merit.
Commenting on cause of meetings made on price in army, i.e. minister said all appointments and promotions in pakistani army based on worth and attributes.
“Imran Khan should say if any meeting in the army is not over on merit,” he said, asking Khan if he had appointed anyone on merit – including Chief Ministers of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – during his tenure.
minister claimed that his own khan party renounce him.
“PTI members deny knowing anything when asked what Imran Khan said the day before,” he said, adding that the statement is good or bad, one must comment or protect it [as a party representative].
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Speaking about the information about Toshakhan, Asif said that government sent out recommendations and asked Khan to stand trial.
“We have completed the £180 million investigation,” he said, adding that former The Prime Minister’s “corruption” is under investigation and that the case has gone too far.
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For his part, Finmin Ismail criticized the head of PTI. for put Pakistan on the brink of default.
Mifta said that coalition government was struggling revive economy and restore electricity, and others development projects that remained halted during Khan’s reign.
Finance minister called “unreasonable politics”. of PTI government how reason behind hike in oil and electricity prices.
Prices of goods arriving down
During a press conference, Mifta hinted that inflation rate slow down down in next month.
“People will have to endure higher rates for one more month,” he said.
Myth was considered khan’s inability to follow obligations made with International Monetary Fund (IMF) as cause behind Pakistan’s economic instability and soaring inflation, especially with regarding subsidies on gas, oil products, electricity.
Finance minister further said that during the time of Khan rule, the IMF assured that amnesty will be given to businessmen and will not be subsidized on oil, gas and electricity; however then-government walked against their obligations.
The myth argued that prices of petroleum products were associated directly to international market so it was hard to predict future Prices.
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minister also recognized the rise in rates of goods including vegetables such as tomatoes and onions following the recent floods in Pakistan.
He assured the masses that prices were now coming down.
Myth also said that government was in contact with IMF on ruin caused floods in country.
He added that the damage needs assessment has not yet been completed, and that government worked with the World Bank on ensure security of reliable and accurate estimate of incurred losses in in aftermath of disaster.
Answering a question regarding trade with India, Mifta shared that the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has reached out to government for permission to import cotton from India; Nonetheless government not accepted yet decision on cause.
He confirmed the import of tomatoes and onions from Afghanistan, and if this helps to stabilize the market, Pakistan will not need import anything from India.