Economy to sink further if PTI stays in power: Marriyum

By: News Desk      Published: 03:10 PM, 24 Nov, 2020
Economy to sink further if PTI stays in power: Marriyum

PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday warned that the economy would tumble further if the PTI remained in power and vowed the opposition alliance – PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) – was going to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan from power, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Marriyum also noted that the government was continuing with the practice of political victimisation and noted that Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz had not been released on parole despite the passage of two days.

She was referring to the demise of Begum Shamim Akhtar – the mother of Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif – in London on Sunday after which the party had immediately submitted an application to avail the parole facility for the two imprisoned Sharif family members.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Marriyum blasted the government’s claims about the revival of the economy and noted the alarming price hike that is hitting the common people hard.

The PML-N leader described the State Bank’s recent report a charge sheet against the Imran government and said, “Mr Imran! Read the State Bank report which is a dossier of your incompetence and ineptness.”

She maintained that the State Bank showed that the PTI government had already destroyed the economy before the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic.

“You are making a failed attempt now to hide behind the PDM after [taking refuge in] the coronavirus [earlier] over the destruction of the economy,” the main opposition party’s spokesperson remarked.

Addressing Imran directly, Marriyum said the State Bank was narrating a story totally opposite to what he was sharing. The GDP growth rate had slid from 5.8 percent recorded during the PML-N tenure in government to -0.4 percent, she quoted the figures released by the State Bank. 

About the alarming rise in food inflation, she said the 14.6 percent increase in cities and 16.4 hike in rural areas had made the lives of the low-income groups poor miserable, who were finding it the hard to meet the sustenance needs.

Citing the increase in debt and reduced revenue collection among other failures, the PML-N leaders said 2.5 million people had already been rendered jobless under the PTI government.