Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Monday lashed out at the PDM government for what he called “driving the country into bankruptcy” and indulging in “political gimmicks” as the nation continued to reel under back-breaking inflation and economic woes.
He said it was deplorable that at a time when a national disaster merited solidarity and joint response, the government was loath to jettison its partisan and self-serving politics.
The chief minister expressed these views while chairing a parliamentary party meeting held to discuss various political issues.
Addressing the meeting, he reiterated that PTI chief Imran Khan was a ray of hope for the country that was passing through tough times, adding that the former prime minister was representing all segments of society and the entire nation was supporting his political struggle.
He asserted that the party would not step back from its principled stance in the face of strong headwinds. “Imran Khan is the only leader who has the ability to pull the country out of the economic crisis and put it back on the right track.”
CM Khan said PTI’s rising popularity and widespread support from the masses have heightened the government’s fears, adding that it was facing deepening peril and was now resorting to “cheap tactics” and vengeance to cover up its corruption.
The chief minister said the government headed by a “group of incompetents” has destroyed the country's economy, leaving the people in the throes of back-breaking inflation “which has made the life of the people miserable”.
“Due to high inflation, access to basic facilities is becoming impossible for the people.”
He went on to say that while the storm of inflation was intensifying steadily with each passing day, the “imported government” was unable to find solutions to the rising problems.
“Rehabilitation and support of the flood victims is a common responsibility of all of us, but the imported government is also playing politics on it,” he lamented and said that the PDM government’s move to subject relief efforts to the dirty politics was reprehensible.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2022.
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