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KARACHI: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz on Friday said that PTI-led Imran Khan was alone in the past and is still standing single-handedly against the caravan of thieves.
Talking to a private television channel, Shibli Faraz said that the government has no intention to stop the opposition rally and would rather provide masks, hand sanitizers, and water to the participants of the opposition-led Gujranwala rally.
While rejecting the perception that containers were placed to restrict the movement of opposition rallies, he said that they were aimed at diverting the opposition rallies towards the designated place in Gujranwala. “Our top priority right now is to control inflation,” he said and blamed the opposition for failing to bring reforms in the institutions during their tenures.
Faraz said when questions are asked over the source of money used to make assets by opposition leaders, they start raising hue and cry rather than responding to it.
He further said the PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif left the country for London to avail the facility of medical treatment but started to take part in political activities from there. “Now he is calling for protests in Pakistan while sitting in London,” the information minister said.
While claiming that the government is taking the country towards prosperity, he said that mafias are coming together to destabilize the country because they did not like a prosperous Pakistan. “They have failed to bring reforms during their 40 years in politics and are once again trying to fool the masses,” he said adding that the government would neither give any relief nor compromise over corruption cases.
Meanwhile, Information Minister Shibli Faraz has said the opposition parties have gathered under the banner of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) not for public interest but to cover their corruption.
Speaking in the Senate on Friday, the information minister said he has challenged the opposition parties to fill the Jinnah Stadium Gujranwala and they stand exposed now by converting half of the stadium into a stage.
The information minister said the opposition parties are out against an honest Prime Minister who remains firm and steadfast in his stance of ridding the country of the corrupt elements that destroyed the institutions and the economy.
Shibli Faraz said the opposition parties which ruled the country over the last forty and fify years systematically destroyed the institutions. He said the approach of opposition parties is not democratic but dictatorial in nature. The people are fully cognizant of these family limited companies. He said the opposition parties will fail in their designs. Their politics have ended now.
The information minister said the country today is faced with inflation like situation because of the flawed policies of the past. He, however, said, “We will put the country and its institutions on solid footing.” He said the inflation is also temporary and the situation will improve in the next three to four weeks.
Shibli Faraz assured that the good days are ahead as the country is being taken towards the path of development.
Meanwhile, a list containing names of 19 government entities which are slated for privatisation was presented in the Senate session by the federal government.
The state-owned entities include Roosevelt Hotel in New York owned by the national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Balloki power plant, Haveli Bahadur Shah power plant, SME Bank, First Women Bank, Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Pakistan Engineering Company, Services International Hotel, Jinnah Convention Centre, Mari Petroleum, Nandipur power plant, State Life Insurance Corporation, Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDCL), Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) and Guddu power plant. – TLTP