pakistan
Saturday Jul 09 2022
By
Web Desk

PTI's 'mature' politics saved Pakistan from Sri Lanka-like situation, claims Fawad Chaudhry

By
Web Desk

  • Protest intensify in Sri Lanka
  • Fawad credits PTI for saving Pakistan from Sri Lanka-like situation.
  • PTI's focus is to steer country out of crisis.


ISLAMABAD: PTI leader and former federal information minister Fawad Chauhdry Saturday claimed that the “mature” politics of his party and Imran Khan saved Pakistan from a Sri Lanka-like situation.

Taking to Twitter, the PTI leader shared a video of thousands of Sri Lankan protesters storming the Presidential Secretariat and Old Parliament building amid anger over the economic crisis that has gripped the Island nation.

“Lots of love and prayers for the people of Sri Lanka. May God ease their difficulties,” he tweeted.

He also prayed for Pakistan, claiming if this situation is not here today, then the only reason is the responsible and mature politics of PTI and Imran Khan.

“Our politics aimed at steering the country out of the crisis,” he further added.

The PTI has been demanding snap elections in the country since Imran Khan was ousted from the PM Office through a no-confidence motion in April.

The party is of the view that fresh polls are the only solution to the economic crisis the country is facing, however, the coalition government has refused to accept the demand.

The Opposition parties have multiple times linked Pakistan’s situation to that of Sri Lanka amid sharp polarization in the country.

Sri Lanka has suffered through months of food and fuel shortages, lengthy blackouts and galloping inflation after running out of foreign currency to import vital goods.

On Saturday, thousands of people poured into the capital for a demonstration, the latest outbreak of unrest sparked by the crisis.

The country has nearly exhausted already scarce supplies of petrol, but protesters backed by the main opposition parties hired private buses to travel to the capital.

Demonstrators had for months been camped outside Rajapaksa’s seafront office to demand his resignation over the government´s mismanagement of the crisis.

Sri Lanka has defaulted on its $51 billion external debt and has been in bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund.

Nine people were killed and hundreds wounded when clashes erupted across the country after Rajapaksa loyalists attacked peaceful protesters outside the president´s office in May.