sialkot [Pakistan]Feb 19 (ANI): Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said on Saturday that the former regime was responsible for the spread of terrorism in the country, international news reported.
He did not name Pakistan Justice Movement (PTI) led by Imran Khan but said that security forces were fighting terrorists last night (referring to Karachi police station terror attack) as they were brought back (TTP) And almost back to where it was a year ago.
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Asif was referring to the terrorist attack on the police chief’s office in Karachi. Attacks on the Karachi Police Department offices began at 7.10pm on Friday, while police and ranger personnel cleared the five-storey building in stages, eventually sweeping the entire office around 10.46pm.
Four people were killed in an hours-long battle between terrorists and law enforcement agencies – including the Pakistan Army Special Forces (SSG), Pakistan Rangers Sindh and the Sindh Police – at the Karachi police station in Sharea Faisal on Friday Dead and 19 injured, according to Dawn’s report.
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In contrast, all three terrorists belonging to the outlawed militant group the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) were killed.
According to Dawn, Asif lashed out at the former PTI government, saying terrorists were brought to Pakistan two and a half years ago and eventually led to the current wave of terrorism.
Notably, the government of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wants to resume negotiations with the TTP. By the time the second round of discussions begins in February 2022, the government has released at least 100 TTP detainees.
However, no progress was made towards a peace agreement with the TTP, and the banned group called off the ceasefire on 28 November.
Since then, Pakistan has suffered a wave of terrorist attacks, mainly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province but also in Balochistan and the town of Mianwali in Punjab province bordering KP. Terrorist attacks also spread to Islamabad and Karachi.
The Karachi terror attack came after a deadly suicide attack at the Civil Lines Mosque in Peshawar, killing 84 people, Geo News reported.
Referring to the economic crisis, Asif said Pakistan had defaulted and there was no sign of early relief in sight, according to international news reports.
By the way, his statement was made even before Pakistan got the IMF bailout.
“The country has defaulted. We live in a state that has defaulted,” Asif, a senior leader of the coalition’s main party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), told a conference at a private university. Speaking said in Sialkot.
Pakistan’s economy is struggling, hit by a balance of payments crisis as it tries to service high foreign debt amid political turmoil and deteriorating security.
Inflation soared, the rupee plummeted and the country could no longer afford to import, leading to a severe downturn in the industry, according to News International.
The critical status of foreign exchange reserves — about $3.19 billion as of Feb. 10 — reflects the misery of a $350 billion economy struggling to finance imports as thousands of containers of supplies are stuck at its ports, stalling production And the jobs of marketing millions of people are at risk.
Khawaja Asif says all solutions to Pakistan’s economic problems lie at home, not the International Monetary Fund (IMF) — Pakistan is desperately trying to secure a key $1.1 billion loan, according to international news reports.
Offering a solution to the country’s economic woes, the Pakistani defense minister said the golf club was built on 1,500 acres of government land and Pakistan could repay a quarter of its debt by selling two of its golf clubs.
Everyone including the country’s military, bureaucracy and politicians should be held accountable for the current economic chaos as Pakistan is not following the laws and constitution, News International, he added.
“Over the past 32 years, I have seen politics become disgraced in Pakistan,” he further said.
Pakistan’s economy is going through a crisis, hit by a balance of payments crisis as it tries to reduce its high foreign debt amid political chaos and deteriorating security.
Inflation soared, the Pakistani rupee plummeted and the country could no longer afford to import goods – leading to a severe downturn in the industry.
Life was already difficult for Pakistanis given the country’s current economic situation, and it became even more difficult after petrol prices soared to an all-time high of Rs 272 a liter – in line with the requirements of the International Monetary Fund. (Arnie)
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