PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday lashed out at Prime Minister Imran Khan over the rising inflation, saying either the premier should take something concrete steps or step down so that the successive governments could rectify his “mistakes”.
Criticising the PTI-led government over the spiraling inflation, the PPP chairman said that the incumbent prime minister had made tall claims before coming to power, but now had been reduced to only taking notices of crises every now and then.
In a statement, Bilawal also claimed that the premier had no plan and the nation was paying price for his “dreadful” policies in the shape of high inflation.
“Imran Khan has no vision or plan to solve problems,” the PPP chairman said.
“The nation is paying the dreadful price of change in the shape of inflation, which will have to be rectified by several successive governments.”
The PPP chairman said PM Imran used to frequently demand resignation from previous rulers over different issues.
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“But now the opposition parties have started demanding his resignation as his government has failed to control the rates of petrol, electricity and food items. The price hike has severely affected the lives of the people.”
Bilawal asked PM Imran to prove his words by action or step down as the rising inflation was taking a toll on the people.
“Today the common man in the country is worried about inflation and the only reason for this is the incompetence of Imran Khan,” he added.
Saying that the people were troubled because of the price hike, unemployment and poverty, Bilawal had earlier said that the PPP had a solution to the economic problems.
In the 1970s when the country was divided into two and the economy was down, he had said his party had brought the country back on its feet because of pro-people policies.
“When we came to power in 2008, inflation, unemployment and poverty were at the highest level and wheat, sugar and rice were being imported,” Bilawal recalled. He added that when the PPP left power, the country was exporting essential commodities and inflation was reduced to half.
The PPP, along with other opposition parties, have long been reminding PM Imran about his tall promises to transform Pakistan into Riasat-e-Madina while holding him responsible for the increasing inflation in Pakistan which is pushing the country to “the brink of destruction”.
The opposition parties, including the alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), have constantly been criticising the government over the skyrocketing prices of petroleum products and food items and have now decided to go for a long march in the coming December.
Though the premier appears to be concerned about the rising inflation, yet the items that directly impact the poorest of the poor -- sugar, edible oil, pulses, wheat, rice, flour, vegetables, fruits, meat, chicken, and milk among other things -- have seen a spike in recent months.
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