Lahore, Feb 11 : Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and former foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif hit out at the federal government for the way it has been handling Pakistan’s economic crisis.
Government’s demand for removal of Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif from the position of chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) would “make matters worse”, said Khawaja Asif.
The call for Mr Sharif’s resignation from the post of PAC chairman was made by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader and Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul at a calligraphy exhibition in Lahore.
PTI leader Abdul Aleem Khan resigned recently from the position of senior Punjab minister after he was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on corruption charges.
Mr Sharif, who is facing similar charges, is already under NAB custody and attends PAC’s meetings after the National Assembly speaker issues production orders for him. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s adviser on political affairs Naeemul Haque, who was also in Lahore on Sunday, said the government would let Mr Shahbaz continue as the PAC chairman only after he “gives an undertaking to behave”.
Mr Asif, meanwhile, said the prime minister seemed to be under some stress at an event that he addressed in Balloki on Saturday. In his speech, the premier had said that his government would grant no concessions to “corrupt leaders”.
He claimed the government was only printing currency notes and by now it had printed notes worth Rs1.4 trillion.(UNI)