Imran Khan, the head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), stated on Thursday that “the nation is paying a high price of the regime transition” and criticised the PML-N-led coalition government for the ongoing depreciation of the rupee.
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has been in power for 11 months, and the former prime minister remarked in a tweet that the rupee has lost nearly 62 % of its value during that time. According to him, “This has increased public debt by Rs14.3 trillion.”
On Thursday, Mr Khan tweeted in response to the rupee’s roughly 19 % decline against the dollar in a single day. In 11 months of PDM (administration), the ”rupee slaughtered—it lost more than 62 %, or Rs110 [to a dollar]”.
On Thursday, the open market price of the rupee was Rs289 to the dollar. Imran also stated that the country’s inflation rate reached a record high of 31.5%, which is the highest level ever recorded in Pakistani history.
He emphasised that the regime change plot, in which a group of criminals were imposed upon the country by the former army leader Gen (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa, was costing the people of Pakistan a high price.
Earlier, the ousted premier responded in a tweet to the Lt. Gen. (ret.) Amjad Shoaib’s image went viral on social media during his imprisonment.
Khan stated, “I feel embarrassed as a Pakistani to witness the depths we have sunk to thanks to this imported regime of a cabal of crooks and their handlers. In desperation to cling on to power and muzzle all dissenting voices, they have jailed a respected, patriotic Pakistani on sedition charges.”
Maryam Nawaz, who rejected Mr Khan’s criticism of the PDM administration, expressed surprise at the PTI leader’s comments and claimed that the present administration was cleaning up the “mess” that the PTI administration had caused.
“Mighty audacious of you to criticise those who’re undoing your mess created through your ruthless plunder, incompetence, misplaced priorities, a cruel deal that you struck with IMF and then its breach that plunged the country into economic turmoil. So sit down!” Maryam tweeted, addressing the PTI chairman.