Lahore, Feb 1 : Pakistan Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday questioned the economic policies of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government and said they had made the lives of people miserable.
“The enemies of the country could not see Pakistan progress under me and today no foreign investor is willing to come here and the economy is taking a plunge,” Mr Sharif was quoted as saying by a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader who met him in the Kot Lakhpat jail, Dawn reported.
Mr Sharif told the leaders who met him that his government had put the country on the road to success but the progress was hampered by Pakistan's enemies.
“If the country’s economy is run for another 10 years in the way it’s been currently handled, its debts will be doubled,” he said.
“Under the PML-N government the value of the rupee appreciated and foreigners invested here,” said Mr Sharif.
He said he was not afraid of cases and even incarceration. He expressed satisfaction that “in the people’s court the PML-N is still popular”.
Mr Sharif pointed out that retired Gen Pervez Musharraf, who violated the Constitution, had been allowed to “hide abroad”.
“The one who violated the Constitution, Musharraf, is living abroad on the pretext of a backache,” he said.
Mr Abbasi and Mr Sadiq briefed Mr Sharif on the proceedings of the National Assembly and the PML-N’s stance on different issues. The PML-N supremo told them to continue with the party’s aggressive style of politics in the legislature.
He also criticised President Arif Alvi for seeking media publicity of his work.
“As president I worked day and night but sought no publicity,” he said.
He was also critical of Prime Minister Imran Khan for not properly running the country. He said the poor were suffering because of the economic policies of the PTI government.
“There has been an unprecedented price hike in the country,” he added.
“Some powers decided in this regard as the cases against the Sharif family were made in the 1990s.
Mr Musharraf set up the National Accountability Bureau primarily to break political parties and force new leaders to emerge,” he said. (UNI)