Islamabad: In a recent address to members of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his concerns over India’s recent achievements on the global stage while Pakistan faces financial challenges. Sharif, speaking virtually from Lahore before his return to Pakistan, lamented the fact that India had successfully reached the moon and hosted the G20 Summit, while Pakistan was begging other countries for money to stay afloat.
Sharif remarked, “Today, Pakistan’s Prime Minister is going from one country to another to beg for funds while India is setting foot on the moon and hosting world leaders at the G20 summit. Why couldn’t Pakistan achieve similar feats? Who is responsible for our shambolic state?”
The former PM added that the poor were struggling for food in Pakistan. “What have we done to our country?” he questioned.
Criticising the ongoing state of Pakistan’s economy, Sharif said, “Those who did this to our country are the biggest criminals.”
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo claimed further that India had followed economic reforms initiated by his government in 1990.
“When Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the Prime Minister of India, it had only a billion dollars in their treasury. Now, their foreign exchange reserves have risen to USD 600 billion,” Sharif said.
He added that Pakistan was having to beg other countries for even one billion dollars.
“We are begging for even one billion dollars. What have we come to? Where do we stand in India’s eyes? We are asking for money from China and the Gulf,” Sharif noted.
Meanwhile, Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif’s brother and PML-N leader, announced their return to Pakistan on October 21, as reported by Pakistan-based Geo News.
Pakistan is grappling with a severe economic and political crisis, resulting in hardships for the general populace. The nation faces significant economic challenges and surging inflation, which threatens the financial well-being of its citizens, as reported by Dawn.