PML-N leader and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has claimed that Pakistan is not defaulting but has already defaulted, and we are living in a bankrupt country.
According to the details, Khawaja Asif made the remarks while addressing the convocation of a private college in Sialkot. During his speech, Khawaja Asif lashed out at former Prime Minister Imran Khan, accusing him of allowing terrorism to return to Pakistan.
“He (Imran Khan) played such games that now terrorism became our destiny,” Khawaja Asif said.
While talking about the current economic situation of the country, Khawaja Asif said that we are residents of a bankrupt country.
“You may have heard that a default or bankruptcy is going to happen, a meltdown will take place. It has already happened,” the Federal Minister for Defence said. Khawaja Asif further urged that the solution to all our problems is in the country but we are looking towards IMF for it.
Khawaja Asif’s remarks are going viral on social media and have sparked strong criticism from PTI leaders.
“The Defense Minister is officially announcing Pakistan’s default. They have no shame, before the Regime Conspiracy and during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tenure, there were more than 16 billion dollars in foreign currency reserves, which this imported government has liquidated in 10 months and declared a default,” PTI’s Farrukh Habib said.
وزیر دفاع پاکستان کے ڈیفالٹ ہونے کا سرکاری اعلان کر رہا ہے۔
شرم نہیں آتی رجیم سازش سے پہلے وزیراعظم عمران خان کے دور میں 16ارب ڈالرز سے زائد غیر ملکی کرنسی کے زخائر موجود تھے جو اس امپورٹڈ حکومت نے 10 ماہ میں ختم کرکے ڈیفالٹ کا اعلان کردیا ہے pic.twitter.com/ppveWQd7Yh
— Farrukh Habib (@FarrukhHabibISF) February 18, 2023
“On one hand, Shaukat Tarin [was charged] with betrayal, on the other hand, real enemies like Khawaja Asif are openly playing the country. This person being the defense minister is a security risk, Ishaq Dar must explain this statement immediately,” PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said.
ایک طرف شوکت ترین پر غداری دوسری طرف خواجہ آصف جیسےاصل دشمن ملک سے کھل کھیل رہے ہیں ، اس شخص کا وزیر دفاع ہونا سیکیورٹی رسک ہے اسحق ڈار اس بیان کی فوری وضاحت کریں https://t.co/ezoepGCiRC
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) February 18, 2023
“Defence Minister of imported government admits that Pakistan is already in default. In 10 months they have brought Pak to this sorry state – a shameless lot selling out the country & holding on to power instead of letting the nation choose their leaders through elections,” Shireen Mazari said.
Defence Minister of Imported govt admits that Pakistan is already in default. In 10 months they have brought Pak to this sorry state – Shameless lot selling out the country & holding on to power instead of letting nation choose their ldrs thru elections. pic.twitter.com/IHbREnbAhK
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) February 18, 2023