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Info minister sees PTI govt’s 365 U-turns and 365 lies in a year

August 18, 2019

KARACHI:Sindh Minister for Information and Archives Saeed Ghani on Sunday said that the one year rule of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf has so far been full of blunders and despair. Ghani said that incompetence, inexperience, ineptitude, incapability and self-righteousness were the hallmark of the PTI government. The minister said that the promise of good governance seemed far from being fulfilled.

Instead bedlam, dysfunctioning of administration, chaos and mayhem remained the buzzword during last one year, he added. He said that leaders of the PTI should not have made overstatements before coming to the power.

Ghani said that the people of the country went through the most difficult times of their lives during the last one year of the PTI regime. The Minister said that Imran Khan was doing everything that he had censured the previous governments for. He said that the Prime Minister failed to deliver every promise he made before coming into the power and the performance of his cabinet during last year was quite reprehensible.

Every such scheme that had been once labeled by Imran Khan as ‘legalized corruption’ had now been adopted by him, the Minister said. Saeed Ghani said that people had been only given the pack of lies during last year. The Minister said that for Imran Khan taking U-turns was the quality of a good leadership. He said that economic turmoil was another feature of PTI government during its first year.

His so called austerity drive was also just nominal as the order of 70 luxury vehicles for his Punjab cabinet ministers was no more a secret, Saeed Ghani said. The cost of these vehicles was much higher than the money fetched by selling the luxury vehicles of the Prime Minister House, he added.

The Minister said that the performance of the PTI for the last one year was neither striking nor impressive but it was full of lies and U-turns. He said that instead of creating 10 million jobs and building five million homes the PTI regime’s policies had resulted in unemployment and homelessness. People today were unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure and adequate housing due to unsteady income which was a result of the unplanned economic policies of Niazi’s regime, Saeed Ghani said. He said that owing to constant partial accountability and use of National Accountability Bureau for personal vendetta the bureaucracy was not willing to take any responsibility for any decision.

Even after the premature change of financial authorities, the tax reforms of the present regime had also failed miserably, the Minister said. Saeed Ghani said that the first year of the PTI government lacked both the direction to move on as well as the decisions that were promise to change the destiny of the nation. The Minister said that performance of the PTI government in Punjab and KP was also not up to the required standard. It had already been implicated in a scandal involving metro bus project that was launched in 2017 in KP, he said. Saeed Ghani said that the PTI government during the last one year had failed at almost all the fronts predominantly the economy.

The Minister said that there seemed no prior planning or homework on part of the leadership of the PTI that resulted in the server suffering of the poor people of this country. He said that the leadership of the PTI was only consistent in one thing during the complete past year and that was ‘politically driven accountability’. The behaviour of the leaders of PTI in the parliament and what they did with the various committees of the National Assembly was also in front of everyone, he said. Saeed Ghani said that how Imran Khan could claim to break with the status quo when he had so many old faces in his own cabinet. He said that the Parliament instead of doing legislation kept on debating on petty matters with members continuing their corruption tirade against each other. The Minster said that the rupee plunged to a record low against the dollar and the stock market appeared in a free fall state during one year of the PTI government.

The economic growth rate was likely to decelerate to 3.4 per cent this financial year, and further down to 2.7 per cent next year according to a World Bank report, Saeed Ghani added. Saeed Ghani said that the Prime Minister had also taken U-turn on his promise of not seeking loans from abroad by extending begging bowls before Saudi Arabia, UAE and China. He said that economy was certainly not out of danger as yet as being claimed by the leaders of the PTI. The Minister said that a high inflation rate combined with low economic growth was the hallmark of the one year of the PTI government.

The one year rule of the PTI government was a tale of 365 U-turns and 365 lies, the Minister added. He said that an independent press was one of the hallmarks of a free society, but what the PTI did with the press of the country during his one year’s rule could be termed as a constant effort of silencing the press. The Minister said that short-terms relief measures adopted by the PTI government during the past year would work as the new debts were constantly accumulated. He said that today the country was facing worsening unemployment problem owing to the sluggish economy.

Ghani said that every word said during the last one year was a lie, every promise a farce and every claim a hopeless failure. The minister said that the one year of the PTI government had set an example of bad governance.

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