Rising inflation wakes me up at nights, admits PM Imran

Calls his opponents ‘disgusting’: Says opposition creating havoc, spreading misinformation

By: News Desk
Published: 04:16 PM, 23 Jan, 2022
Rising inflation wakes me up at nights, admits PM Imran
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Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he could not sleep at night while thinking about rising inflation, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

The prime minister was receiving direct phone calls from the general public and answered their questions and complaints in a live programme “Aap ka Wazir-e-Azam, Aap Ke Saath” on Sunday.

When a woman caller asked the premier that since inflation has increased manifold ‘now should we be worried a bit’? 

PM Khan replied that he too was worried about inflation and this thing gives him sleepless nights.

But he said that the economy was growing and the government was trying to improve the situation.

He said that inflation was not only Pakistan’s problem, every country in the world was facing it. In Canada, 40% of people are worried about how to make both ends meet, he added.

He said the worst-hit segment in Pakistan was salaried class. He confessed that after the devaluation of the Pakistani rupee, inflation was hiked. 

The premier touted that his government tried to salvage the tattered economy. He said that a record increase in the palm oil price has occurred. 

He said that he wanted to go to parliament and wanted to answer the people’s questions. But he could not answer the questions because of the ruckus the opposition created in the house.

He said that he never claimed that the government would dig out milk canals in the country. He said the criticizers should criticize the government but they should also inform the public about things that are beneficial for the country. 

Imran Khan wondered if the country was destroyed then how could it register a 5.3% growth rate! He lamented that disappointment was being spread by disseminating fake news. He stated that an ‘innocent’ PTI man sat on media, then the anchor and opposition joined forces against him. 

“The opposition has created havoc on media,” Imran Khan said and called his opponents ‘disgusting’. 

He said that people asked him why he did not shake hands with Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif. He said that he did not consider Shehbaz as Opposition leader, rather he regarded him as a ‘criminal of the nation’. He said Shehbaz read out speeches of long durations in the assembly. They seem more like a job application than a political speech, the PM mockingly said. 

The premier said that he entered politics to launch a crusade against ‘dacoits’. 

He also lamented that former foreign minister Ishaq Dar had fled the country during the PML-N tenure. 

Imran deplored that the FBR brought Rs2,500 billion cases to the courts but three regulators informed him that the mafia got stay order from courts. 

On the Covid-19 restrictions, Imran said that cases in Britain were far more in numbers than in Pakistan. But the UK did not impose lockdown, he said adding “we did not impose lockdown and the world gives our example.”

He said we had faced criticism but we did not shut the business. He resolved again that he would not shut the business even when the Omicron cases were on the surge nowadays. 

In the live show, people were contacting the prime minister on telephone number 051-9224900.

Up until now, Prime Minister Khan has held four public sessions and has responded 86 queries put by the general public. 

Besides responding to people’s questions and complaints, the premier also informs people about different initiatives taken by the government.