Sharif, exiled in London, blamed Pakistan’s former generals and judges for the country’s plight.
Pakistan has been facing a devastating economic crisis for many months, putting untold pressure on the poor due to soaring inflation, rising energy prices and fuel shortages.
“Today Pakistan’s Prime Minister is going from country to country asking for funds while India has landed on the moon and is holding G20 meetings. Why couldn’t Pakistan achieve the feats that India achieved? Who is responsible for this here?” Sharif asked as he addressed a party meeting in Lahore from London via video link on Monday evening.
The 73-year-old Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party leader said India had followed economic reforms initiated by his government in 1990.
“When Atal Bihari Vajpayee became Prime Minister of India, he had only $1 billion in cash, but now India’s foreign exchange reserves have increased to $600 billion,” he said and questioned how far India has come. today and where is Pakistan left begging. the world for a few dollars.
Like Sharif, his rival and ousted prime minister. Imran Khan He has also made comparisons between India and Pakistan and praised New Delhi for its economic and diplomatic influence.
In July, Pakistan secured a bailout deal from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), part of a nine-month, $3 billion bailout program to support the government’s efforts to stabilize the country’s ailing economy.
Sharif first announced his return to the country on October 21 to lead the party’s political campaign in the upcoming elections, ending more than four years of self-imposed exile in the United Kingdom.
Sharif also declared that his party will win the upcoming general elections.
Since some former advisors of Sharif’s PML-N have been appointed members of the interim federal cabinet and the party (PMLN) does not join the demand of holding elections within 90 days of the dissolution of the assemblies, the Party of the Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) suspects that the Sharifs are moving closer to the powerful military establishment.
Some PPP leaders have accused the PML-N of becoming the “military’s favorite” and plotting against its former allies to gain power.
(With input from PTI)