Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday he did not enter politics to control the prices of ‘aloo and tamatar‘, as he attacked opposition parties for introducing a vote of no confidence against him in parliament, accusing him of mismanaging the economy amid rising inflation.
Speaking at a political rally in the town of Hafizabad in Punjab province, Mr Khan said the nation will oppose elements attempting to overthrow his government through “the conscience of the [lawmakers] use money”.
He said Pakistan would be a great country for the rest of his tenure, adding that the incentives announced by his government would soon yield results.
The 69-year-old cricketer turned politician said he decided 25 years ago to enter politics for the sake of the country’s youth, adding that it was of no personal benefit to him as he had already done everything in life. had that a person could dream.
‘I didn’t go into politics to know the prices of’aloo and tamatar(potatoes and tomatoes). I joined for the sake of the youth of the country,” said Mr Khan, also chairman of Pakistan’s ruling Tehreek-e-Insaf party.
“If we want to become a great nation, we will have to support the truth, and this is what I have been preaching for the past 25 years,” Mr Khan said.
Pakistan’s headline inflation rate, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), peaked at 13 percent in January in a 24-month period, while prices of nearly all commodities and utilities continued to rise.
Sectors that showed double-digit price growth compared to the same month last year included perishable and non-perishable food, energy, transportation, clothing and health, the Dawn newspaper reported last month.
This is the highest CPI inflation since January 2020, when it stood at 14.6 percent.
Khan’s speech came days after the united opposition front filed a no-confidence vote against him, while hopes for the success of the motion were pinned on the estranged members of the ruling party and its allies.
Top opposition party leaders will meet Monday at the residence of the opposition leader of the National Assembly and the president of Pakistan’s Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Shehbaz Sharif, to hold a meeting to effective strategy to pass its vote of no confidence.
Khan also said it was the responsibility of the state and the judiciary to stop the “corrupt” and “convicted” politicians who tried to “overthrow the state” through horse-trading.
He said the people will see those who try to oust him from the highest office are buried under the weight of their own conspiracy.
In his speech, Khan Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman criticized Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and the chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) , Asif Ali Zardari for keeping quiet about US drone strikes in Pakistan between 2008 and 2018, saying those leaders never spoke for Pakistan’s rights.
In the 342-member National Assembly, the opposition needs 272 votes to remove the prime minister.
Prime Minister Khan came to power in 2018 and the next general election is scheduled for 2023.