Friday, June 09, 2023
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Hammad Azhar and Asad Umar have censured the Pakistan Democratic (PDM) for the country's "catastrophic" economic collapse.
Azhar lashed out at Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for presenting the pre-budget Pakistan Economic Survey 2022-23 stating that he should have also presented his resignation alongside the survey.
Slamming the PDM coalition government on Twitter, the former finance minister said: "The economic destruction that PDM did in one year did not happen in any war or epidemic.”
'Biggest growth decline since 1971'
Meanwhile, PTI's Umar termed the country's economic collapse "catastrophic."
"GDP growth declined from 6.1% last year to 0.3% this year as per govt statistics. This is the biggest growth decline since 1971 for Pak. Add the highest inflation in nations history," he wrote, taking to Twitter.
The former minister reminded the government that "this ain't working. Time to rethink, reset & revive."
Since the ouster of their party chairman in April last year following a vote of no confidence, PTI politicians have been criticised the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif-led government for its economic policies.
A day earlier, the finance czar presented the pre-budget survey during a presser in Islamabad as part of his first budget for the Shehbaz-led administration.
The federal government's budget, which will be announced today, is said to be eagle-eyed by analysts for any hints about populist dole-outs and they would also try to ascertain if the government was willing to pursue economic discipline required to enter another International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.
According to the economic survey, Pakistan’s GDP growth rate came to a crawl in the ongoing fiscal year — one of the worst in terms of meeting annual macroeconomic targets — dragged down by agitational politics, cataclysmic floods, trade barriers, and a dangling IMF bailout on top of bare minimum foreign exchange reserves.
At the start of the presser, Dar reminded the journalists of 2013 when Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government took charge. He explained that at the time the economy was in tatters, there was loadshedding of 18 hours and terrorism was on the rise.
"We followed our 'three-e's' concept and Pakistan saw macroeconomic growth," recalled Dar, adding that now, we are focusing on five-es — exports, equity, empowerment, environment, and energy. These are our five driving areas.
Following were the key takeaways from the economic survey: