LAHORE - PPP’s Secretary General Sardar Latif Khosa has asked the government to stop taking dictation from the IMF and the TTP and act like a sovereign state to safeguard people’s interests.
He was talking to The Nation in the context of recent hike in power rates and slow progress on talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Khosa alleged that government lacked courage to take on Taliban. He called the PML-N leaders ‘paper lions’, while accusing them of bowing down to TTP’s dictation. “It’s strange to note that neither the government is engaging the banned outfits militarily nor holding negotiations with them”, he remarked, adding, that the government was wasting precious time because of its inaction.
The PPP leader believed that PML-N government was confused over the question of dealing with TTP which was getting stronger with every passing day.
He stressed that government should shun inaction and make a decision without wasting any further time. He deplored that APC had mandated the government to try the option of curbing the menace of terrorism through dialogue with the militants, but there was no visible progress so far in this regard.
On recent increase in the prices of petroleum products and electricity, he said the decision had been made under the IMF dictates in utter disregard of the people already facing numerous problems.
He reminded the PML-N leaders of their promises made with the people during the electioneering. “They had promised to bring down prices of essential commodities, provide cheap electricity to the consumers and not to seek any loan from the IMF”, he said, adding, that they had done just the opposite in their first 100 days.