ISLAMABAD: PTI Senator and former finance minister said on Friday that during the previous government in economy was right on track and political turmoil in in last pair of months have derailed it and placed the country and the masses in serious financial a crisis.
Turning to news conference along with former energy minister Hammad Azhar, he said economy was moving in right direction in March 2022. “I said it to those who matter in in power corridors that economy was on the right way, and if there were any political upheavals (gharbar), this economic growth the trajectory can break too,” he said.
“I said it to those who matter in in power corridors that economy was on the right way, and if there has been any political intervention, it is economic growth the trajectory can break too,” he said. “As well as [then] it is happened. Within two months, they broke the economic cycle,” he said. added.
He said current installation has failed to rule economy and the only option hold new elections soon as possible.
“They have to understand that they can’t just drop such bombs on citizens and what they should resign and hold new elections.” former finance minister said, in an obvious link to the recent strong increase in Prices of petroleum products and electricity.
Previous PML-N government It was left a current account deficit of about 20 billion dollars and as a resultPTI government was forced to apply to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), recalled Mr. Tarin.
He said that then prime minister Imran Khan had announced plan to freeze fuel and electricity prices up until July and even reduce them by 10 rupees. “We had a plan to fill this gap,” he said, adding: “The plan was to get cheap Russian oil and Prime Minister Khan discussed over it with President Vladimir Putin. He added that Russian oil would be cheaper by 40-50 rupees per liter, but they could not buy this, because it would annoy the US, and this is something they could not afford.
“We have plans to give earmarked subsidies, and the refinery margin was reduced to Rs 14 per litre, but has now been raised to Rs 70 per litre. for diesel and more than 50 rupees for gasoline, etc. former minister said.
He added that these refineries pocketed a huge amount of money and added that 60 percent of diesel and 25pcs. of gasoline consumed in countries were locally produced.
Mr. Taryn also emphasized social sectoral reforms carried out former PTI government.
“When we raised 1 or 3 rupees per litre, these PDM parties reacted seriously. Miftah Ismail Sahab and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sahab said it was a firebomb. on masses. Now increase of 60 rub per liter should can be called the dropping of the atomic bomb on masses,” Mr. Tarin said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Azhar called the incumbent government as an “imposed setting”.
“BUT false and the wrong narrative that was set when they in now the opposition has been exposed.” former energy minister said, adding that PTI government I decided purchase oil at preferential prices from Russia since April.
“But these cartoons are sitting at the helm of affairs claim that in Pakistan there is no money to buy Russian oil. PSO purchased oil at spot prices in recent months at a very high level price”, – said Mr. Azhar.
He complained that the finances minister not know no sanctions on bought oil from Russia, but even Sri Lanka bought oil from Russia.
Published in Dawn, June 4, 2022