The continued economic slide, coupled with the breakdown of law and order in Karachi, would lead to an economic collapse, a handout quoted chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf Imran Khan as saying on Saturday.
According to him, the national economy “is in a state of stagflation with little or no economic growth and high inflation”. The PTI chief said that electricity shortfall in Faisalabad alone resulted in massive unemployment. “If the current chaos and gang warfare is not controlled in Karachi…Pakistan faces imminent economic collapse…Loans amounting to Rs5 trillion, which were acquired over the past 60 years, have doubled to Rs10 trillion since the government came to power. How can a country with 80 per cent of the population on the fringe of extreme poverty repay the loans borrowed by our corrupt leaders through indirect taxes? There is a limit to taxing the poor through indirect taxation.”
Imran Khan said the sooner “this government is removed from power, the greater the chances of Pakistan’s recovery”.
Meanwhile, PTI’s Information Secretary Omar Sarfraz Cheema condemned the latest spate of bloodshed in Karachi.
A handout quoted Cheema as saying that the situation effectively exposed the government’s incompetence and its lack of will to deal with the Karachi situation.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2011.
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@wizz Bangladesh is not 3 times richer than Pakistan. Look at any indicator except education Bangladesh is behind. There is more corruption there because most of the money is aid from western countries. Bangladesh is no model for Pakistan, nor is India, nor is Saudia and nor is China. Pakistan has to develop its own vision and model. Pakistan is the pits at the moment and the main "vision". At the moment politicians are trying to stay in power by by being representatives of "ethnic groups" who they feed by fear mongering so people have become scared of their own shadows. So people celebrate "topi day", give new names to provinces, or propose new provinces like "pothoharistan", Multanistan or Tharistan to name a few possibilities. Karachi is the sad logic of "nationalist" politics. The promoters of this vision are trying I think, to keep power by hook or by crook but the present politicians are burying their own grave. Leave this primitve approach - ethnic politics is harks to the past, not a global future! The system's last hope is a person like Imran Khan. He will bring change without rocking the boat. He at least has a vision and stands for some principles. The Alternative is a revolution that will make Iraq, post Saddam, look likes a proverbial piece of cake.I think all the Pakistani's can formulate a dream, a hope and a vision. Dream it and follow it. Maybe one step on the way is PTI.
Economic meltdown as opposed to the Economic Boom that is happening in Pakistan?
@ expakistani @ masooma seriously guys it's really pathetic! Masooma u feel like someone on PML N's payroll! Not a big surprise since they buy votes and someone else mentioned tht $1.2 million do not support a party, tht was just the calculation from Canada! Alhumdulilah there are well educated and literate Pakistanis everywhere supporting Imran and $10 is the minimum! We do not know the future but based on imran's past I see tons of hope, he's a risk taker and Pakistan is a risk! Which other politician has ever done any charitable work except for media attention? And operate something non profit this calculatively! Imran's focus is on economy, education and justice! I am sure most of you do know that he has a degree of Politics and economics before people gang up saying he has no experience, please do not forget that he has tons of intelligent people working for him and for people who say he's a one man show, most parties are! NDP leader Jack Layton died here today and no one even knows the name of the successor cu people voted for Jack, it happens around the world! Wake up and smell the roses Pakistanies!
Masooma... I hope after number of people,s comments about you r thought,,, Your mind has become at normal, and now you must accept Imran Khan,s leadership. by convencing u,not by force. Because IK and PTI never force peoples to join Imran and PTI........
since its da youth whose going to b making da decision.................we choose IMRAN KHAN!.......................go do wat u can do about it!
@Masooma: really..............how do u kno all dis???
You cant win election in Pakistan without strong candidates, you all are quite dunce. Apart from few seats in North Punjab, if he able to win any seat from Pakistan. I will change my name. Wake up !!
There are plenty of Buddhists in India.
@Masooma: Are you Running for next Presidential Elections ?Seems like you have a big party and you will steer the Country out of Chaos. You cant give any alternatives but sure know how to bash some one who gave up his family life for His dying country. Love PTI n Love Imran Khan
Imran is the next PM of Pakistan. Inshallah. 18 Crore Pakistanis are with him.
@zia ur rehman: very nice brother...
@masooma hahaha your comments are laughable. You don't have the background knowledge at all. But its not your mistake. Its the media which has been sold out. Rather if you would have just seen the crowd gathered on 13th night you would not make a same statement.
@Expakistani you don't have any idea why Pakistan is created, do you?
@Masooma: What were you thinking while writing this??
You cannot in all fairness equate him to the tried and tested lot of 64 years. it is absolutely unfair to say that. He may not be perfect as you would like him to be, but atleast a different look, a different perspective and a different approach to politics. We should all give him an opportunity to break this status quo.
@Masooma: http://tribune.com.pk/story/186989/wikileaks-sharif-asked-us-to-provide-him-security/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxyAVcni6-E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF2oj2B4pTg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwj5w6tfUoo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLF6U4LRxyI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvQIC2iQTBE ^^^^ this is ur nawaz sharif and PML............... up to u now!!!!!!!! :D
@Masooma: Your mindset is stuck in old days. I think Nawaz league will not win in the next elections as they have been friendly Opposition with PPP Govt last 3 years. We do not want Nawaz sharif, Altaf hussain and Zardari to win again and destroy Pakistan. They have already harmed Pakistan so much.
I am not a young man here I am a middle aged person. Imran Khan is the only leader who is true honest and brave leader in Pakistan. I think these youth has found one of best leadership after 3 decades. These youth have a right to make their own choice. Imran is the only hope for people of Pakistan.
Beleive me in the next election this time situation will be totally different. All Pakistani youth over 18 years of age should Register their votes as soon as possible and take active part in the next elections. Do not let the thieves come in power again. Support only Imran Khan's party PTI.
More recommends for anti Imran comments than pro Imran! Where is the fan club
strong text I lived in karachi and lahore throughout my whole life, I also know like Imran khan about Behind he Scene. Every Government will be incompitant in karachi, as the local party is well organized and rich in weapons, supporters and finance. They have indian supports thus taking action will result in several hundred deaths in a flash. Imran khan the only Leader has power to negotiate with MqM in karachi and then slowly cleaning out everything from Mini Pakistan.
I understand the desire people have to support Imran Khan. He is perhaps less corruptible than the people at PPP, MQM, PML-N, PML-Q, ANP, etc. But the real question is, what is the alternative Imran Khan offers? What kind of man is he? How has he represented himself?
I am not saying that he is not a less corrupt person but to me I just see another demagogue. Another politician who will lie to us to get votes. Imran Khan continues to have his little dharnas against drones without actually going to FATA and hearing the plight of the people there. He has not once made any effort to understand their problems and the fact the Taliban and other terrorists are ruining their lives. To him, he sees the average Pakistani who is bred on the lies of Zia's times and the awful influence of the Wahabis on Pakistan and he just says, "I want them to vote for me so I will lie to them to make them happy."
Imran Khan therefore is not a courageous man. He is not able to stand up for the truth. He is just another populist. He may or may not be the best of all the evils out there but please by no means look at as the man to fix Pakistan's problems.
@Alami Musafir At least Imran is trying and how can you expect him to make any real chance without giving him a chance what other credible candidates do you propose that have made promises and have kept them despite being in power, Imran has at least organized dharnas and protests and has already contributed and is contributing to Pakistan through social work so you cant say he is all talk and no action without him even having an opportunity first and if not please present any credible person who is fit to lead this torn nation that has a clean record
@Muhammad Mahmud Butt: "’ve been living in Canada for the last 5 years. I pay PTI $10 every month. There are more than 10000 PTI EXPATRIATE members like me. I pay this money online via my credit card."
First of all I applaud your willingness to put your money where your mouth is. However it is easy to see that people like you are NOT the primary funding source for Imran Khan. Let's just calculate" 10,000 people giving $10 per month amounts to $1.2 million per year. This is definitely not enough to run a national party and support so many dharnas attended by thousands of people.
3 main stream parties ANP, MQM and PPP are doing nothing and its fact these parties are responsible. They dont want to resolve issue. We are munafiq no one is ready to say anything against there leaders or parties. Go and ask any Muhajir Sindhi Punjabi balochi and pashtoon who is doing this killing they will blame on others. And same thing is being done by political parties. We dont see Pakistan as a whole. N is main opposition party should play role or should dissolve Punjab government. Nabeel Gabol should resign. ANP and MQM should resign from the government this would shake the government Once you will shake this government then they will realize. People and media think that Imran should do dharna's in Karachi against killings. My question is he did same against drones and he has been continuously speeking against drones but we are still having drone attacks why WHY because Government is not doing anything to stop these attacks. Then how it is possible that his dharna in Karachi would dramatically change the situation of Karachi. Infect Army would fail if government wont try to stop. there can be one position where he can held a dharna in Karachi only if people of Karachi call him show him some support.
@Aamir: actually aamir, PTI is one of the few parties to have internal elections, please get your facts right. it is not a dynasty like PML-N or PPP
@Masooma, @ ExPakistani - -Oh for God sake come down to reality . . . what world are you living in?? Imran Khan is the only Honest, Last man standing!! Pakistanis are not fools . . . They have received the biggest jolt of this rude awakening from this this present useless administration and politicians intimidating and destroying the nation. This is Imran Khan's calling to save Pakistan! Imran Khan is the last hope of an honest leader. When there is honesty and integrity at the top, then it flows down stream . . .
well you are all right at your place... we can not say any thing on our own because the only source for information is media. And you are depicting its role... making a lot of noise on irrelevant issues... and doing nothing for the nation.. it must support good leaders.. as said by Sheikh Rashid.. "mene in channels ko aaj k din k liye license diye thy" If they are making us fool.. then how would we becme on the right track? As far as as Imran khan.. for a few days i m continuously watching and litening his talkshows.. there seems nothing wrong with his verdicts and actions.. at least there is someone who trying to awake the nation..no matter if he is doing this to break the vote bank of nawaz league. A he says " loug koi bhaer bakrian nhi hain k jidhar chaha hank k vote dalwa liya" so don't be like that and play your active role... he is a new face..we must try him... is there any other choice? that someone from very low status will come one morning and will change the fate of Pakistan? I think the answer is no.. or a big NO. And you are saying miss masooma that he will disturb only the vote bank of nawaz.. why don't we people in the same campaign also break the league of ppp and kill zardarization from this country? we can do this.. Join hands..Just think positively and decide that you need a change.. I am sure we can do this ... Just have trust and support upon good people.. I dont know anything about khan sb. so i am unable to support him fully. But jo dikh raha hy wo bata rahy hain..
Imran is right when he says that 'Pakistan faces imminent economic collapse'.
The reason is not Karachi. The actual reason is the withdrawal of billions of aid by the US. Imran should stop pulling wool over the eyes of people. It is the US aid that has been sustaining our economy since 1950s. Let's not forget that.
If Imran becomes the leader of Pakistan, US will stop all the aid completely, due to his strong anti-American stance. Then we will see rioting on the streets for food and milk.
Imran Khan as president = Huge fantasy.
Only corrupt feudal can become president/Prime minister in this country. Its a sad reality that the unionists that opposed the creation of Pakistan are only ones looting it. A merry go round of gang rape is going on since 1949 the poor innocent has been suffering.
East Pakistan or "Bangladesh" now has a real GDP three times of ours and export twice of ours. Takka is now actually worth more than the PKR. Why is that Bangladesh a "Muslim" country enjoys uninterrupted peace with India when All India Muslim league was formed in Dhaka by Waqar Ul Mulk who was a Bengali.
No one has been faithful to this country, not the leaders not the army nobody!. The folks in Washington are the ones making our decisions. If Pakistan had never existed US would have had serious problems fighting Soviets from united India's soil.
PTI says inaction exposes incompetence. Well said. darya ko kozai mai band kar diya. @Masooma: I wish that you remain safe from what is happening in Karachi. Otherwise you will not talk like this.
Isn't this the guy who with a wave of his magic wand eliminate terrorism, stop drones, kick out the American's, give full employment, eliminate corruption, and instantly turn Pakistan into a country that is admired by the World? I would think that solving Karachi issues would be simple for such a magician. . In case anyone hasn't noticed -- economics/business isn't this guys forte.
Our all leader are gandooo mr nawaz .in the name of privatisation he sold all the properties to his brothers and cousins.then Ms bibi she also make a good contribution to our nation his husband at the time of her government zardari was Mr 10 percent but with the contribution bibi now he Mr100percent.our great musharaf baba he play a great game in the name of funds he collects the $ from amreca and transfer to his pokect.now i think it is too much to see the condition of pakistan so worse. so now we to give the chance to Mr imran khan that dish is ready to serve.sub nay loot lia hay ab sirf tum hi bachtay hooo.
Slam to all of u. if we look at the economy of third world contries I feel embarrassment to know that pakistan 's economy is in decline compare to all contries.
@Masooma: People like you deserve rulers like Zardari and Nawaz Sharif.
Someone once said "Jaisi quam waisay leader"
@Expakistani: you made your choice, please dont expect others to sell out too. the fact that you are reading this means there is still a pakistani in you
@Masooma: ..."This nation is not dumb or a fool."
So you are saying that this wise and clever nation stands where it is today out of choice?
You are satisfied watching the majority of your fellow citizens drink sewage water, eat adulterated food, buy fake medicine, pay for electricity that never comes, take bullet showers, be born to a life of destitution, slavery & prostitution with no hope of getting a real education, and continue to be ruled by mafia politicians who are proxy Pakistanis with all their wealth abroad?
Or would you rather live amongst people who are busy following their hopes and dreams peacefully because some patriotic citizens (who can't bear the nightmare their nation is facing) have decided to try and serve (rather than rule) their fellow citizens with honesty, integrity and true accountability?
Which one is it Masooma, honestly?
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Well said, thats what I think too
@ Muhammad Mahmud Butt: You all will see result about your payment after next election. Dont worry. This nation is not dumb or a fool. If he able to win few seats from North Punjab that will be a miracle. Cutting Nawaz league is not a cakewalk, Sharif brothers will make a ball out of him and throw in an arabian sea.
@Masooma Well said Bibi ! I too can beat my chest and moan like Mr Khan, and so can the rest of Pakistan...but physically solving the problems is another matter. And that's where Imran saab falls down. Kar key dikhao, phir bolo.
O hero of the nation please try to differentiate sports and politics from each other. It is not necessary that you effectively leaded the squad of 11 person and won the world cup, so same will you do with this nation. Leading team of eleven and leading whole nation is totally different things. So try to understand it. Everything cannot be left on luck and exception as happened in the World cup.
So be pragmatic and leave this criticism that will lead country to more problems. Our country is passing through the phase of transition and confronting with number of challenges that can be completed and solved through collective efforts and constructive criticism. Let this democratic process complete and stop using this Dharna card for next election. This Dharna thing is just wastage of time to make public particularly the youth capital nonsense. If you really love country then show it in your policies and efforts. Be hero in the good books!!
@Masooma I have been a member of PTI since 2005. I've been living in Canada for the last 5years. I pay PTI $10 every month. There are more than 10000 PTI EXPATRIATE members like me. I pay this money online via my credit card. I am really glad that some one raised this question. Its about time people know where he gets his funding from.
@affan Empty vessels make more noise. He is working under a deal to deteriorate Nawaz league vote bank. What you think, he is financing all these Dharna's himself?. hahaha. What youth contributed for this country till now, its quite blatant. Youth is opportunitic and money hungry, thats it, in other words they are all family pampered mummy daddy burger family individuals. Youth of Pakistan is a Joke
Pakistan jal rha he ....
its nice to see Jamaat i Islaami supporters talking against IK! Bravo PTI!!
@affan.....i agree with u
I have a humble request from all pakistanis.....we have seen all political leaders and let's to give this KHAN a chance to serve our country for the last time and inshallah we will be the better nation if not the best.......i think he is sincere to Pakistan the rest GOD knows better, I dont belong to any party i just belong to pakistan.
@masooma. . . . u talk about imran khan going to slither Pakistan and with due respect it is bcoz of middle aged people like who who have been electing politicians like nawaz , zardari and altaf . . .and it is bcoz of people like u who are responsible for the current situation of pakistan . . .
@Masooma: How you got the divine power to predict what Imran khan will do when he comes in power when his past and present actions speak much louder
@Expakistani: Spot on comment.
Imran Khan Could only be the last hope for Pakistan. This man has proven himself through his social work, establishing hospital free for the poor, establishing nimal college also almost free for the youth, he has always been an icon for youth. Those who are saying from inside he is something else, first look into their own inside. Initially i was not in favour of him but right now he seems the best choice among the worse we have
Typical Pakistani mindset reflected in the comments above. I have told Imran khan before u r wasting ur time on this nation. Better to go spend time with your children. Pakistanis don't deserve a country and it's creation was just a sham. The truth is muslims of sub continent were meant to do menial jobs and most were thugs. Giving them a country was absolute injustice to others displaced. If this nation was to progress they had done so while back. Everyone is a crook who are only good at bickering and stealing from the hand that feeds them. Imran khan u tried ur best to give this nation everything u possibly could. You r wrong to expect anything good from these thankless snakes.
@Masooma, Are you for real? What planet are you living on? Imran Khan is the only genuine leader, have you seen what this criminal filth we call the govt has wrought on this country. Get real, and put aside your personal or ethnic agenda and think about what is good for Pakistan! Honestly, you have no idea what you are talking about!
Undercover he is playing games and infront of us try to become a maseah. We will see, what you will do?, I am 70% sure you will slither Pakistan in much disastrous position. Everyone knows, except Pakistan's gullible youth.