LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan’s elected government has tarnished the country’s image before the international community.
This was conveyed by the Secretary General of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Ahsan Iqbal during a speech at a press conference in Jakarta, Saturday. He said all projects started by PML-N had been halted and funds approved for the project had been withheld.
“Today someone confiscated the plane; someone closes a bank account; Imran Khan has destroyed Pakistan’s honor in two and a half years, ”he added. “The only thing that sticks to Imran Khan’s mind is he won’t give up an NRO [deal], ”He said, adding that Panama-I and Panama-II were both frauds.
Answering the question posed by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto for the motion of no confidence, Ahsan replied that Bilawal Bhutto must show his number in parliament before submitting a motion of no confidence.
He said that every day several incidents of government came before the nation. “We left Pakistan’s economic volume at $ 315 billion while Imran Khan reduced it to $ 205 billion. Afghanistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka have caught up with us in the economy, ”said Ahsan.
Developing countries are not harmed by the coronavirus because their economies are strengthened by government policies, he said, stressing that Pakistan’s economy must advance one or two percent of India’s.
“Today people have forgotten the claims of 10 million jobs and are trying to save their current jobs,” said Ahsan. “The Imran government has introduced a new style where they tell people to thank them for getting bread, thanks to the government which raised the price of gasoline by only Rs3, thank you that India has taken control of Kashmir while Azad Kashmir is with us thank you God that they are still alive, “he said.
Ahsan Iqbal said that incompetent rulers try to please the nation by showing their failure as an achievement. “Our fight is not against Imran Khan, it has entered a decisive phase. How many recoveries were made during the accountability period during the regime of Ayub, Zia and Musharraf, ”he asked.
He said civil martial law was imposed in the country for the past two and a half years, adding that the incumbent government should be dispatched now. “We cannot allow further destruction of Pakistan. Forty billion dollars in investment came from China in our time, ”he said, adding that the ML-1 financial agreement had not yet been signed.
Ahsan said Pakistan’s development budget had been reduced from Rs1,000 billion to Rs600 billion, of which only 25 percent had been used. He said the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government had announced that they could not pay salaries to employees of their Higher Education employees. “We have given laptops to young people so they can get modern education. This facility has also been taken back from them, “he added.
LAHORE: Punjab governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said that April will come after March and nothing will happen. Elections will be held only after the government has completed its term of office. There is no consensus among the PDM parties but there are clear differences of opinion.
Even the opponents could not show Prime Minister Imran Khan’s honesty. The government is currently implementing policies that fully comply with transparency and performance.
This view was expressed by the governor of Punjab while speaking with party and media workers at the residence of Zafar Sindhu, a central member of the PTI, on Sunday.
Chaudhry Sarwar said that the opposition party should give up hopes of holding elections earlier because elections will be held only after the end of the term of government. People will decide with the power of their vote who they want to vote for and bring to power in the future. People stand by government policy, not with opposition parties and the government is taking steps to provide assistance to the people in all fields even in difficult times, he said.
The governor said transferring power to lower levels is the government’s top priority and as soon as we tackle the coronavirus, local government elections will be held in Punjab and there is no doubt that public matters will be handled through local bodies. He further said that because of the successful economic policies of the government under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s leadership, Pakistan was successful in the economic field. Pakistan’s exports to the UK exceeded Rs1 billion for the first time and exports to Britain increased 47% in December. Pakistan will get its rightful place in the world in the economic field.
Chaudhry Sarwar said that a revolution is taking place in the industrial sector in Punjab as government policies and new job opportunities are also available for the people. The government also addresses business community issues based on priorities, he added.
US President Donald Trump’s firm grip on the Republican Party in Washington is beginning to crumble, leaving him more politically isolated than at any other point in his turbulent administration.
After causing a ruckus in the crowd that later launched a violent siege on the US Capitol, Trump appears to have lost some of his strongest allies, including South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
Two Cabinet members and at least half a dozen aides have resigned. A number of Republican members of Congress are openly considering whether to join the new push for impeachment.
A Republican senator who has split with Trump in the past asked him to resign and questioned whether he would stay in the party.
“I want him out,” Senator Lisa Murkowski, from Alaska, told The Anchorage Daily News. “He’s done quite a lot of damage.”
The uprising after a bruised election defeat in Georgia that hurt Republican control in the Senate achieved what another low point in Trump’s presidency did not: compel Republicans to fundamentally reassess their relationship with a leader who has long abandoned tradition and decency.
The result could reshape the party, threatening the influence Trump craves and creating divisions between those in Washington and activists on various swaths of the country where the president is very popular.
“At this point, I won’t stand up for him anymore,” said Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary for George W Bush and a Republican strategist who voted for Trump. “I’m not going to defend him for stirring up the pot inciting the masses. He’s alone.”
As the week began, Trump was undoubtedly the most dominant political force in Republican politics and a monarch of 2024, if not the next GOP presidential candidate himself. Currently, there is a growing feeling that he is forever tarnished – and will probably be forced out of office before his term expires in 12 days.
“I’m now focused on us taking control as president and vice president on the 20th and getting our agenda moving as fast as we can,” Biden told reporters.
Trump still has supporters, especially among many Republican voters and conservative activists outside Washington.
Yesterday, there was loud applause and chants of “We love you!” when Trump called into a Republican National Committee breakfast meeting in Florida.
“Most of the committee is in complete denial,” said Republican National Committee member Bill Palatucci, from New Jersey, who attended the breakfast. “They are willing to condemn the violence, but without referring to the president’s role in it all.”
The president insisted he had done nothing wrong. He continued to tell his aides, at least personally, that the election was stolen from him.
Republican officials in the state’s critical battlefield, the attorney general who recently left and a number of judges – including those appointed by Trump – have dismissed the claims as inappropriate.
Trump had to be persuaded to shoot a video released yesterday in which he ended up condemning the rioters and admitting defeat in November for the first time, while initially rejecting the prospect of speaking negatively about “my people”.
He finally agreed to shoot the video after White House adviser Pat Cipollone warned he could face legal danger for inciting unrest.
Others, including chief of staff Mark Meadows and daughter Ivanka Trump, urged Trump to send messages that might quell talk of forced dismissal from office, either by impeachment or the constitutional procedures outlined in the 25th Amendment.
And while Trump acknowledged in the video that a new administration would take over on January 20, he said so today he will not attend Biden’s inauguration. That makes Trump the first outgoing president since Andrew Johnson 152 years ago to miss the inauguration of his successor.
Trump has no plans to disappear from political debate once he leaves office, according to aides who believe he remains immensely popular among Republican ranks.
Lest there be any doubt, Trump’s false claims of voter fraud in the November defeat resonated with hundreds of thousands of Republican voters in this week’s Georgia Senate second round election.
About seven in 10 agree with his false statement that Biden is not a legally elected president, according to AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 3700 voters.
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The leading poll from the Republican Party, Frank Luntz, has had extensive conversations with grassroots voters and Republican officials about Trump’s position since the siege.
“The professionals are fleeing the sunken ship, but his own supporters have not abandoned him, and they actually want him to continue fighting,” Luntz said. “He will be the voice of God to tens of millions of people, and they will follow him to the ends of the earth and off the cliffs.”
And because of continued voter loyalty, elected officials in the crimson region must remain loyal to the outgoing president as well, even if his own cabinet is not. Hours after this week’s unrest, 147 Republicans in Congress still voted against Biden’s victory, including eight senators.
The dramatic split within the party is reflected in the different paths adopted by the initial list of prospects for the Republican 2024 presidency.
Senators Josh Hawley, from Missouri, and Ted Cruz, from Texas, accepted Trump’s calls to reject Biden’s victory before and after the mob attacks. Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton rejected Trump’s wishes, drawing angry tweets from the President earlier this week.
Such attacks were less impactful at the end of the week as they had been given Trump’s weak political state. Yesterday, Cotton slammed fellow Republicans such as Hawley and Cruz, for giving voters “false hope” that Trump’s November defeat could be undone.
Nikki Haley, who served as the US ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, tried to follow suit when she condemned Trump’s actions this week during a closed meeting with the Republican National Committee.
He praised some of Trump’s accomplishments but predicted that, “His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.”
Meanwhile, there is no clear path for Republicans without Trump. Speaking to reporters today, even Biden raised concerns about the health of the GOP.
“We need the Republican Party,” said Biden, noting that he spoke with Republican Senator Mitt Romney, a prominent Trump critic. “We need a principled and strong opposition.”
Meanwhile, Trump has planned ways to maintain his political influence once he moves from the White House to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, at the end of the month.
Trusting that his supporters will stay with him no matter what, he continues to address the major challenges pushing against Republicans who are not yet loyal enough to him. And he has hinted publicly and privately that he is likely to challenge Biden in a 2024 rematch.
Doug Deason, a Texas-based donor who served on Trump’s campaign finance committee, said this week’s events did nothing to shake his confidence in the Republican president.
“He has been the best president of my life, including Reagan,” said Deason.
It would be wrong to assume that Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah are apathetic to Karachi’s development because both were born in Karachi and have a share in the city.
This was confirmed by CM Sindh Advisor for Law and Environment Lawyers Murtaza Wahab during a speech at the Federal Area B Trade and Industry Association ceremony on Wednesday.
The legal adviser mentioned that CM has promised to develop the Karachi SITE area and two roads are being built there while nine more roads will be built in the coming year.
He claimed that the Sindh government had carried out construction work in all of the city’s industrial estates without the fanfare of ribbon-cutting ceremonies after the projects were completed.
Wahab claims that the Sindh government has invested billions of rupees in industrial estates. He said that the provincial law and environment department under his auspices would hold monthly meetings with industry players to solve their problems.
He said industrialists face injustice because they do not get natural gas that they produce themselves. He alleged that the federal government did not pay a cent of its Rs300 billion share in the Rs1,100 billion Karachi Development Package.
He said the federal government had attempted to carry out Chinese cuts in the Sindh region by seizing control of two islands off the coast of Karachi through a presidential decree. He said that for this reason, the federal government was hesitant to present the same rules in the National Assembly.
Wahab said the federal government is not providing the sovereign guarantees needed for the revival of the Karachi Circle Railway as it is more interested in building the ML-1 railway project between Karachi and Peshawar.
He said the controversial census results committee set up by the federal government under Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Zaidi had not consulted Sindh.