Published On: Sun, Dec 2nd, 2018
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PTI could not make its future policy in first 100 days : Sherpao

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Peshawar: The Chairman of Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has criticized the federal government over its poor performance in the last 100 days and rulers even could not set their agenda for the next five years.

Speaking at a press conference at on Saturday, he said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had claimed that he would bring back the money stashed in offshore bank accounts to revive the economy, but he had miserably failed to do so.

Sherpao said that the country’s foreign debt had increased due to the depreciation of the Pakistani rupee against the US dollar. He said that though the government received Rs1 billion dollar from Saudi Arabia, but the issue of the balance of payment could not be resolved.

The QWP leader said that the country’s economic growth had come down to below four percent that spoke volumes about the flawed policies of the incumbent rulers.

“How would the government manage to create 10 million jobs and build five million houses as the economic condition is on the decline,” he added.

He said that the government was lavishly spending the taxpayers’ money on functions and events. He said the rulers had claimed to adopt austerity, but the ground realities belied their claims.

Aftab Sherpao said that agriculture and industrial sectors had been badly affected due to the wrong policies of the rulers. He said that the economic managers of the government lacked experience and the expertise to revive the failing economy.

About the government’s claims to counter money-laundering, he said that the National Assembly’s parliamentary committees could not be formed despite the passage of over three months. “How can the government carry out legislation to curb unnamed accounts if the parliamentary committees have not been formed yet,” he questioned.

Criticizing the federal government for its plans that federal secretaries would undergo six months probation before being posted on a high position, he said the move would demoralize the senior civil servants.

He said that the prime minister took U-turns on every issue as the decision toabolish the Fata Secretariat was also reversed.

Sherpao said that the government would seek bailout package from the International Monetary Fund as it was now inevitable in view of the prevailing economic condition of the country.

Welcoming the opening f the Kartarpur corridor, he said that efforts must be made to improve relations with Afghanistan and Iran too. He said that trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan had come down to $360 million from $5 billion.

He said that the cost of the Bus Rapid Transit project had escalated to aroundRs100 billion due to the depreciation of the rupee against dollar.


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