Imran Khan is a symbol of change: Fawad Chaudhry
01 October, 2018
LAHORE: Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry Sunday said that Pakistan is now a changed country as both military and judiciary are firmly standing behind the civilian government.
“No government can achieve the desired results if the state institutions are not on one page.Pakistan is moving ahead under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan who has appointed a team of experts to the cabinet to run the government affairs,” he told reporters after a ceremony here at a local hotel. He said Imran Khan has emerged like a phenomenon on the country’s political horizon. “In the past, the poor revolted against the system in result of the struggle of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and now the middle class has revolted against the status quo in the leadership of Imran Khan,” he said, adding that a huge responsibility lies on the shoulders of the government as this middle class has lot of expectations from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) regime.
“We entered the government following a process of change. Imran Khan himself is a symbol of change which he proved by winning the cricket world cup and establishing the leading cancer hospital in the country and now once again by becoming the prime minister of Pakistan,” he said, and added, “We wouldn’t have even reached the assemblies without Imran Khan leading us.”
Talking about the austerity measures adopted by the PTI government, Fawad said Imran Khan decided to reside in a three-room house at PM Secretariat’s staff colony only to give a message to others.”The foreign debt of the country is at alarming level today. Pakistan had foreign debt of Rs 6 trillion when Pervez Musharraf left and the figure climbed to Rs 13 trillion by the end of PPP’s tenure. The government of PML-N raised this figure to Rs 28 trillion,” he said, and added that PTI decided to take austerity measures due to the current horrible economic condition of the country.
“As many as 33 luxury vehicles worth 980 million rupees were purchased by the government for a SAARC conference that never took place. Only their maintenance cost stood at 350 million rupees,” he said. “Pakistan International Airline (PIA) is causing a loss of 45 billion rupees to the national exchequer annually. Pakistan Radio caused the loss of 1.25 billion rupees in last one year,” he said, and added that PTI government will take drastic steps to save state institutions from further loss.
The minister said it was an irony that the poor had no money to buy medicines while the ruling elite was leading a royal lifestyle in luxurious houses and spending the taxpayers’ money. He said the previous government of Nawaz Sharif accumulated foreign loans which were wasted by spending on the Orange Line Train and metro bus projects, while the people yearned for health facilities. “Nawaz Sharif was so unmindful of the country’s economic degradation and fond of extravagance that he used to announce construction of airports and motorways wherever he addressed public gatherings,” he said.
About giving ownership to the common man, he said some 25,000 people had visited the Punjab’s Governor House since it was opened for public by the PTI government on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.