Imran Khan, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), criticized the government of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) after it announced a series of cost-saving measures to ease the burden on the national budget during a period of economic crisis. During a video address to the nation, Khan urged the PDM to repatriate their looted funds in order to assist the country.
In his speech, Khan also expressed his gratitude to the PTI party members in Lahore who took part in the “Jail Bharo Tehreek” (court arrest movement). Instead of focusing on the law of the jungle, this movement seeks to promote the rule of law and ensure that the Constitution is upheld.
The government unveiled austerity measures to save Rs 200 billion in order to keep the country afloat, meet the requirements of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and unlock the next tranche of the $1.1 billion loan facility. To qualify for the IMF loan, the parliament unanimously approved a Rs 170 billion mini-budget.
Khan criticized the PDM’s proposals to reduce the number of government vehicles and sell land, claiming they did not go far enough in addressing the country’s challenges. Moreover, he reiterated his commitment to solving the country’s problems, stating that even an enemy would not act in the manner in which it has been acting in the past 10 months.
The coalition government has been blamed by Khan for the economic difficulties and unemployment in the country, accusing them of quashing corruption cases after they overthrew the PTI-led government last April.
Khan stated that the “Jail Bharo Tehreek” campaign was started to break the bonds of fear and that the country is prepared for a revolution to uphold the rule of law and the Constitution.
On April 10 of last year, the ousted prime minister announced the “Haqiqi Azadi” (true freedom) movement, which aims to rid the nation of traitors. Shahbaz Gill, Azam Swati, and Fawad Chaudhry are just a few of the PTI leaders who have had sedition cases brought against them. This inspired Khan to found the Jail Bharo Tehreek movement.
Khan’s remarks highlight Pakistan’s economic crisis and political unrest as well as his party’s dedication to resolving the nation’s issues.