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Pakistan

Web Desk
February 11, 2020

Govt turned a floundering economy into a sinking one, says Bilawal

Pakistan

Web Desk
Tue, Feb 11, 2020
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is now the chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party, which was founded by his grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. (AFP)

ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday slammed the PTI-led government for turning a floundering economy into a "sinking economy" in a fiery speech in the Lower House of the parliament on Monday. 

Bilawal was addressing a session of the parliament called to discuss the inflationary situation in the country. He began his address by criticising senior ministers of the government for not attending the important session. 

"The empty seats tell you how much importance the government attaches to such an important issue," he said. "The technology minister and postal services minister is here. But these are 'chota' ministers," he added. 

"Bilawal sahab, minister minister hota hai," said Speaker Asad Qaiser, prompting laughs from the treasury benches. 

The PPP chairman continued with his address,saying that the PTI turned the situation from bad to worse. He said that inflation was peaking in the country and statistics from state institutions confirmed this. 

"The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, State Bank of Pakistan and the FBR are confirming this [economic situation getting worse]," he said. "These are the facts, Mr Speaker. These are not political statements."

He accused the government of compromising on "economic independence" in front of the IMF, saying that he remembered how PM Imran used to say in the past that corruption caused inflation in the country. 

"The prime minister should tell us about the corruption taking place in the country," he said. "Or he should accept that we say. That he is inept, incapable and selected, and will have to go home to provide relief to the masses," he added. 

'Shameless government' wants to sabotage Benazir Income Support Programme

The PPP chairman lashed out at the federal government for revoking the Benazir Income Support Programme for 900,000 beneficaries. 

"In these circumstances, when the government is kicking out 900,000 beneficiaries, history will remember them," he said. 

Bilawal lashed out at the PTI's political allies in Sindh, saying that they were involved in "removing Benazir Bhutto's name" from the BISP after the many favours she had bestowed on them in the past. 

"She [Benazir] made someone's sister a senator and made someone the speaker," he said, criticising the PTI's allies in Sindh for siding with the government and ditching the PPP.