ISLAMABAD, Feb 4 (APP): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sunday said there was no need to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the country’s economy was on the rise with different sectors witnessing healthy growth.
Speaking in a Dunya News talk show programme ‘Mahaz’ hosted by Wajahat Saeed Khan, the prime minister said sometimes, the government had to take economic decisions as the policies always required correction.
Replying to a question about the increase in the US dollar rates, he said when the economy had been expanding, certain challenges cropped up which required policy correction. He said the government had increased the petroleum prices but the same were still lower when compared with other parts of the world.
To another question, the prime minister said the war was no solution to the Afghan issue and reiterated that no country other than Pakistan was more interested in durable peace in Afghanistan.
The prime minister also shared the global concerns about the role of the nascent Afghan army in bringing about stability in their country when the coalition forces stationed there had failed. About Pak-US ties, he said both the countries were allies in the war on terror. “We are a sovereign country and know how to defend ourselves,” he added.
Allies worked through mutual trust and coordination without hurling tweets against each other. Pakistan was fighting the war against terror with its own resources. The world acknowledged it and if anyone had any doubts, one could come and judge it, he added.
He said recently Pakistan had handed over about 27 Afghan nationals to the Afghan authorities and maintained that no attacks were taking place from Pakistan, rather terrorists from across the Afghan soil had been targeting Pakistan.
The prime minister responding to a query emphatically rejected any anti-judiciary tirade on part of the government. He said the judicial verdicts or judiciary could not be ridiculed as there were constitutional provisions to this effect and if anyone had ridiculed, it was unacceptable.
He said the parliamentary body after getting the majority in the upcoming general elections would take the decision over the nominee for the prime minister’s office.
He said that he was elected by the party members in the parliament for the office of prime minister after the judicial verdict which had disqualified former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif.
The prime minister said there was no confusion over his stance about party president Nawaz Sharif. During the last five months after assuming his office, he did not get any dictation or instruction from Nawaz Sharif.
To a question, he said the history and public would judge the decision of the court about the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif. In the democratic system, the decisions were taken by the electorate at the polling stations, he added.
The prime minister maintained that convictions were made on the basis of evidence and expressed his hope that the courts would function in a fair manner.
Defending the contract for import of LNG, he said that he took the complete responsibility for it. It was the long-term contract with the lowest rates throughout the world.
About national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines, he said there was no other option except to privatize it as the nation no longer could afford Rs 450 liability. This year, its losses amounted to Rs 42 billion.