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May 15, 2019

IMF package halal for opposition, haram for govt: Firdous


May 15, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Tuesday reacted strongly to the opposition criticism on the IMF package, saying if they go to IMF, they say, it is halal (permissible) and if the PTI government does so, then it is haram (forbidden).

She advised the opposition to desist from giving dictation to the government, as the incumbent government would do all that would be in the interest of the people and Pakistan.

Referring to the PML-N leaders’ hard-hitting news conference earlier in the day, the special assistant alleged that the tongues of opposition leaders and spokesmen were mortgaged to their corrupt leaders, as they speak through their tongues.

She claimed that the PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was a puppet prime minister, whom she advised to think about Pakistan and not about the Sharif family.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan called on Abbasi to explain to the nation as to why the Pakistan International Airlines ran into losses while the Air Blue ran into profit. “Accountability can be carried out only by those, whose hands are clean, otherwise to bring back Asif Zardari’s wealth stashed abroad, was promised by his masters as well,” she emphasised.

“First, you indulge in corruption, and when you are caught red-handed, you start raising hue and cry as if political victimisation is being done. The PML-N has always been a living example of corruption and arrogance and shelter for corruption,” she went on to allege.

Earlier, she called on President Arif Alvi here and discussed matters pertaining to politics, social issues and the media including its role in the image building of Pakistan. The special assistant said that the president had entrusted her the responsibility to address the problems, being faced by the media.

According to a statement issued after the meeting, Dr Awan said the president had a vision for Pakistan’s well-being and prosperity. She said the president emphasised that the social media had an important role with regard to facing challenges of the society. The two also discussed devolution of power to the grass-root level.

Deliberations were also held on the relationship between the media house owners and the workers in the given situation. “We want digitalisation of the media and equip it with the latest technology and the same was discussed during the meeting with President Arif Alvi,” she noted.

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