Zar­dari de­mands to im­pose ‘eco­nomic emer­gency’ in the coun­try

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PE­SHAWAR: Pak­istan Peo­ples Party co-chair­man Asif Ali Zar­dari on Thurs­day called for an ‘eco­nomic emer­gency’ in the coun­try say­ing that the Pak­istan Mus­lim League (PML-N) govern­ment has bankrupted the na­tion.

“PML-N, when­ever it came to power, has made the na­tion bank­rupt, while PPP has also strength­ened the econ­omy,” he said ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Pe­shawar.

Turn­ing to­wards the fi­nance min­is­ter, Zar­dari ques­tioned who is be­hind the cur­rent eco­nomic cri­sis and im­me­di­ately de­manded to de­clare an ‘eco­nomic emer­gency’ in the coun­try.

Zar­dari said the debts piled up by the PML-N will even­tu­ally have to be re­paid while claim­ing the PPP al­ways en­cour­age eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties and re­lieved from for­eign loans.

He also used the op­por­tu­nity to lash at for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif who is he is still un­sure why he was ousted and Pak­istan Tehreek-eIn­saf chair­man Im­ran Khan who is liv­ing in a world of his own.

Zar­dari vis­ited the an­ces­tral vil­lage of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa chief min­is­ter Pervez Khat­tak but saw no change but rather di­lap­i­dated roads and garbage.

He said the up­com­ing NA-4 by-elec­tion in Pe­shawar will give a new di­rec­tion to the peo­ple, and the PPP is mak­ing a full ef­fort to par­tic­i­pate in the by­polls.

He also said the PPP gave a new iden­tity to the Pak­thuns, fought to drive off mil­i­tants from Swat, and will con­tinue to the work for their rights.

He also vowed to merge FATA with KP and de­clare it one prov­ince which will re­store the writ of the state and will end the strife in the area. He said they will an­nounce a ‘war pack­age’ with the as­sis­tance of the world to pro­vide em­ploy­ment and de­vel­op­ment to the re­gion.

“At the time, the con­di­tions were not as they are to­day. To­day is the time to merge Fata,” he said adding the PPP will move for­ward de­spite ob­jec­tions from oth­ers such as Jamiat Ulema-e-Is­lam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazl-urRehman.

PE­SHAWAR: Peo­ples Party (PPP) Co-Chair­man, Asif Ali Zar­dari ad­dresses to me­dia per­sons dur­ing press con­fer­ence.

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