Pakistan: Bureaucracy, police creating hurdles for govt, PM tells journalists

Pakistan: Bureaucracy, police creating hurdles for govt, PM tells journalists

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly criticised the political bureaucracy and police department for creating hurdles for his government at administrative level.

Talking to a select group of journalists in Islamabad on Saturday, he said problems were being created at administrative level to disrupt government’s functionary by same people appointed by the previous government, Express News reported.

“I have come into power after 22 years of struggle and therefore have necessary patience to deal with such matters,” he added.

Commenting on the issue of debts, PM Khan said the last government had increased the foreign debt to RS36 trillion and the country would go bankrupt if the PTI government does not borrow money in next two months.

He said the real issue in approaching IMF is loan conditions. However, knocking IMF’s doors would be the last option for this government as “we are also trying to control the situation through some other sources,” he remarked. “We are getting positive messages from both Saudi Arabia and China. Both countries have already been approached for financial assistance,” he added.

Speaking about ongoing accountability process in the country, the premier said the opposition’s hue and cry was an attempt to avoid arrests. “They know none of them will be able to come out clean in corruption cases. Therefore, they have started making noise from the first session of parliament,” he remarked.

The prime minister clarified that the government had no direct links to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and corruption cases against the opposition leaders were not initiated during the three-month-old tenure of his party’s government. “Only stability can ensure foreign investment … we are standing by our announcement of bringing back the nation’s looted money,” he added.

Commenting on increasing electricity tariff, PM Khan said the government had no other option as the circular debt has reached Rs1,200 billion. Devaluing rupee’s value is the only solution in current circumstances and the time will prove that these tough decisions were taken only on temporary basis.__Tribune.com

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