ISLAMABAD/LONDON: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said the PML-N has decided to take allied parties into confidence within 48 hours before announcing major decisions related to the economy to bring stability in the country.
Talking to journalists, the defence minister said former prime minister Imran Khan indulged in massive corruption during his four years in power and destroyed Pakistan’s economy, which needs to be revived with a consensus.
Khawaja Asif said PML-N’s London meeting concluded Friday afternoon after three days of deliberations where major decisions were taken, and it was decided that the economic plan would be placed before the allies for their approval.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and PM Shehbaz’s spokesperson Malik Ahmad Khan attended the third and final meeting in London this week.
Asif said the focus of the meeting was on the economy throughout as “Imran Khan has caused destruction to the economy of Pakistan under the state patronage.”
“We have inherited big baggage of the last four years which involved corruption of families, bureaucrats and politicians. There was an orgy of corruption under Imran Khan and the people of Pakistan are bearing the results of this corruption,” Asif said.
The PML-N leader said the Pakistani people are paying a huge price for what the PTI chairman did during his tenure. He said the dollar is going up against the rupee because of the state in which Khan left the economy.
“Inflation increased manifold under Imran Khan and the people of Pakistan know that very well. What happened over 3.5 years cannot be forgotten in a month.”
Asif said that PM Shehbaz would “take all stakeholders and allies into confidence and a major decision will be announced by Monday”.
The defence minister the government wanted to end the confusion to bring stability to the market to stop the destruction and toxicity created by Imran Khan — and it needs to be addressed.
“The people of Pakistan are the ultimate sovereign. We will place our case before the people of Pakistan in the next 48 hours.”