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    “Had you watched TV that night, you would have thought it was our last day" : PM Imran Khan

    ISLAMABAD: Dismissing increasingly loud opposition chatter about a ‘minus one’ formula, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday vowed to go after “mafias and cartels” and announced that his government was now embarking upon a plan of massive institutional reforms.

    “This is the only solution available to us to bring Pakistan out of trouble,” Mr Khan said during his second appearance in the National Assembly in five days.

    “Reforms are inevitable now. There is no option,” declared the prime minister while addressing an opposition-less house amidst desk-thumping and sloganeering by the treasury members.

    The speech came soon after completion of the budget process with the passage of supplementary demands for grants worth Rs544 billion in the absence of the opposition members, who had walked out of the house after having a verbal clash with the treasury members.

    “There can be no more tinkering with the system. Be ready for drastic changes. Whenever we will go for changes, the beneficiaries of a corrupt order will resist it,” the prime minister said in his 44-minute address.

    “The money that should have been spent on education, health, clean drinking water, hospitals and on welfare of the poor is being poured into loss-making (state) institutions.”

    “The power sector is the biggest curse (for the country). We inherited huge loans in the power sector obtained during the last 10 years,” Mr Khan said, also listing the Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) and Pakistan Railways among other loss-making institutions.

    Vows to go after mafias and cartels, carry out institutional reforms

    Unlike his previous speech in the National Assembly during which he had mostly spoken about the performance of his 22-month-old government, this time the prime minister also dwelt upon the future plans of his government.

    Refuting reports about differences within the ruling party and its allies, the prime minister said the opposition was talking about “minus one formula” only to save its corruption.

    “They (the opposition) don’t know that even if minus one happens, the others will not spare them,” the prime minister said without any reference, thus fueling the speculations already going on in political circles about a possible change in the set-up.

    Referring to the opposition leaders’ statements against the government’s plan to privatise the PSM, the prime minister said the people who had ruined the Steel Mills, PIA and the power sector by making political appointments were now lambasting the government for making workers jobless.

    “We will not be bothered by strikes and protests. These institutions can no longer be run in the same manner as before,” Mr Khan reaffirmed.

    The premier said the government had already paid Rs34bn as salaries to nearly 9,000 employees of the “closed” Steel Mills.

    He said the PSM had earned a profit of Rs8bn during the rule of retired Gen Pervez Musharraf in 2008, but the next government had left it under a crushing debt burden.

    “Either we must get ready for reforms or for facing a dire situation in the days ahead,” he said.

    “Mafias” were running these institutions and if the government succeeded in carrying out reforms, the nation would see better days, Mr Khan said on a cheerful note.

    “It is the worst of times, but if we want to change it into the best of times we have to plan for the future,” the premier said, taking inspiration from the 19th century English novelist Charles Dickens.

    Mr Khan said a number of mafias and cartels were operating in the country. When the government started an inquiry into the sugar scam, “we came to know that a handful of people” were making windfall profits.

    “Despite receiving a subsidy of Rs29bn, the entire sugar industry pays only Rs9bn in taxes,” the prime minister said.

    The consumer was being forced to purchase costly sugar because of “the regulators’ collusion with sugar cartels”.

    “These big monopolies, cartels, mafias would never have been able to run without government patronage,” he said. Mr Khan accused former president Asif Zardari and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif of operating sugar mills only to “whiten their black money”.

    “It is my mission to bring all these cartels and mafias under the law.”

    The premier revealed that “some elements”, whom he did not name, had asked him to suppress the report about PIA pilots possessing dubious licences. But doing so would endanger lives and “the blood will be on my hands,” he added.

    Political situation

    Turning to the political scene, the prime minister said the night before passage of the budget, tongues were wagging about the future of his government.

    “Had you watched TV that night, you would have thought it was our last day.”

    Referring to his reported speech at a dinner he had hosted for his party’s legislators and allies ahead of the budget passage, Mr Khan clarified he had never stated that “Meri Kursi Mazboot Hai” (my chair is strong).

    “I live in my house and bear all my expenses, except for security. I do so because I don’t want to have worries after leaving the office and so that I do not have to compromise on ideology and principles,” he said. “No one can topple our government as long as we stand on our principles.”

    He advised young parliamentarians to not be scared of “leaving the chair,” saying no one remains in power for ever.

    Mr Khan took a dig at Khawaja Asif, parliamentary leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, calling him “the acting opposition leader”.

    He wondered how a man serving as defence and foreign minister could receive a salary of Rs1.5 million from the UAE.

    “Who pays your Rs1.5m salary. You must have given (them) something in return,” he said, without elaborating.

    Imran Khan said the opposition seemed to be in a hurry as it knew that “we are getting something from Dubai”.

    “They call a convicted person their leader,” he said in an allusion to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s conviction in the Panama case.

    “You did not let me deliver a speech on the first day and now you claim that the government has failed,” the prime minister said, recalling the opposition’s noisy protest in the National Assembly soon after his election as leader of the house in 2018.

    The prime minister was of the view that Pervez Musharraf’s government “wasn’t as bad”, but said his decision to issue the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) was wrong.

    “The present opposition wants me to enter into a similar deal with them.”

    PML-N derided

    Mr Khan ridiculed the PML-N for “changing faces” in keeping with changing times. “Sometimes it presents itself as a religious party and sometimes as a liberal party. They even claim to be Jihadis when it suits them.”

    The prime minister said they always “try to alarm the West by saying that Pakistan will be taken over by extremists if they lose power”.

    “They are liberals but only in one way: they are liberally corrupt,” Imran Khan observed.

    Tributes

    The prime minister began his speech by paying tributes to doctors, nurses and paramedics who were looking after coronavirus patients. Due to the pandemic, he said, the entire service sector was affected. The people of northern areas relied on summer tourism for their livelihood, but now they were struggling to make both ends meet. He said the government was making plans to help such people ride out these hard times.

    He praised his finance team for presenting what he called a difficult budget.

    Hours after Mr Khan’s address, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhmmad Khan through a Tweet warned that the whole system would be wrapped up if minus one formula was implemented.

    “Those talking about minus Imran Khan, listen if Imran is minus, democracy will also minus (from the country),” the minister tweeted.

    Later, during a TV talk show, the minister said the PM had given the statement in reaction to the opposition leaders’ claim that minus one formula was being implemented. He challenged the opposition to bring a “no confidence” motion against the prime minister.

    Earlier, the PM held separate meetings with ruling PTI MNAs, including more than 20 women MNAs, and assured them the government would complete its five-year term.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1566243/im...us-one-formula


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    Your last day is not that far away.

    He sounded like his container days, except that this time he sounded scared.

    He can see the writing on the wall. He over-promised, build unrealistic expectations and sold the nation “sabz baagh” that he cannot deliver now.

    He is losing control of his party and that was expected when he accumulated the best quality idiots & morons in the country. When you give ministries to people based on how hard they can shout and abuse the opposition, what else do you expect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Your last day is not that far away.

    He sounded like his container days, except that this time he sounded scared.

    He can see the writing on the wall. He over-promised, build unrealistic expectations and sold the nation “sabz baagh” that he cannot deliver now.

    He is losing control of his party and that was expected when he accumulated the best quality idiots & morons in the country. When you give ministries to people based on how hard they can shout and abuse the opposition, what else do you expect?
    Everyone knows that Imran represents the last hope for this country. He may have made mistakes but he will come out stronger. Pakistan cannot be allowed to go back to the years of hopelessness we have seen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Everyone knows that Imran represents the last hope for this country. He may have made mistakes but he will come out stronger. Pakistan cannot be allowed to go back to the years of hopelessness we have seen.
    No he doesn't, he never did except for some urban young people (who imo are mostly idiots they helped bring Bhutto in 70s and his policies destroyed our economy and it still hasn't recovered and went to its 60s heights) and he only came to power because of electables

    When you hear these words"hope" "revolution" "drastic change" than you know a populist is coming who will run the country into the ground and almost all the populist never did anything in history because running a country is boring and require "lots" of thinking and time unlike what I am seeing with IK he is constantly picking battles with "mafias" but with lil resistance he just leaves the battlefield (which is good cause he is not smart enough to fix those issues) and there are these sudden decisions with little thought process going in them

    If you can run countries with "image" or "speeches" than would gladly accept IK as the last hope

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigboii View Post
    No he doesn't, he never did except for some urban young people (who imo are mostly idiots they helped bring Bhutto in 70s and his policies destroyed our economy and it still hasn't recovered and went to its 60s heights) and he only came to power because of electables

    When you hear these words"hope" "revolution" "drastic change" than you know a populist is coming who will run the country into the ground and almost all the populist never did anything in history because running a country is boring and require "lots" of thinking and time unlike what I am seeing with IK he is constantly picking battles with "mafias" but with lil resistance he just leaves the battlefield (which is good cause he is not smart enough to fix those issues) and there are these sudden decisions with little thought process going in them

    If you can run countries with "image" or "speeches" than would gladly accept IK as the last hope
    Countries are run by money, institutions (education/health/social security/law and order etc.). Should I say why so many people (opposition) are against reforms?

    Without critical reforms in laws what can a government do?

    It is as simple as that. The day IK won, my father said that he needed more votes to actually make a notable difference.

    People often forget, IK is not emperor of Pakistan. He is the PM. His word is not the law. He has to navigate within existing laws and to modify one, he needs support.

    Bhutto did a coup, he didn't even win the election. Revise history. Plus he was a criminal murderer, according to the supreme court and was hanged for it(?).

    At the end of this post, I must ask are you trolling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhenSultansBowled View Post
    Countries are run by money, institutions (education/health/social security/law and order etc.). Should I say why so many people (opposition) are against reforms?

    Without critical reforms in laws what can a government do?

    It is as simple as that. The day IK won, my father said that he needed more votes to actually make a notable difference.

    People often forget, IK is not emperor of Pakistan. He is the PM. His word is not the law. He has to navigate within existing laws and to modify one, he needs support.

    Bhutto did a coup, he didn't even win the election. Revise history. Plus he was a criminal murderer, according to the supreme court and was hanged for it(?).

    At the end of this post, I must ask are you trolling?
    and that's "politics" you work with people to bring those changes and the changes you bring should be well thought out and I dont think they did that they are merely knee jerk reactions and that's my beef with populists they "only" care about peoples "emotions" not their well being

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Your last day is not that far away.

    He sounded like his container days, except that this time he sounded scared.

    He can see the writing on the wall. He over-promised, build unrealistic expectations and sold the nation “sabz baagh” that he cannot deliver now.

    He is losing control of his party and that was expected when he accumulated the best quality idiots & morons in the country. When you give ministries to people based on how hard they can shout and abuse the opposition, what else do you expect?
    Come on Uncle Tom When when are crooks going to grow a pair? The budget defeat was even bigger than last year and Each week you are predicting that it's going to happen, and because of this you have got into bed with NS, AZ, SS, Diesel and Modi and what have you got bar humiliation. When Allah wills, it will happen but the Kaptaan was, is and will be always be legend. There is nothing your petty little crooks can do to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    Come on Uncle Tom When when are crooks going to grow a pair? The budget defeat was even bigger than last year and Each week you are predicting that it's going to happen, and because of this you have got into bed with NS, AZ, SS, Diesel and Modi and what have you got bar humiliation. When Allah wills, it will happen but the Kaptaan was, is and will be always be legend. There is nothing your petty little crooks can do to him.
    why are you goading this charlatan. He is merely on this forum to become notorious and I even doubt he is Pakistani.

    The fact is IK has effectively eliminated the opposition. They are impotent. I was watching abbasi's show yesterday after ages and it was laughable. Even Kasheif couldnt get his head around the complete impotence of the opposition. The PMLN are simply a parody. A bad joke that parodies the Muslim Leagues of the past. The PPP is also a joke. Neitehr here nor there. Desperate to cling on to Sindh because without it they will simply cease to exist as anything but a rump. Run by a child who keeps getting fatter everyday from his haraam harkatain and offers no real concrete alternative to the PTI.

    where are the policies to counter the PTI? what do they offer? other than trying to wriggle out of the numerous cases against them they have nothing. Both parties have failed so miserably it isnt even a joke anymore.

    If you hate IK fine, but offer a proper alternative including policies that can be implemented. Our dear troll sahib cant even string two sentences together when it comes to viable alternative policies other than frothing at his mouth and blaming the army. Ignore him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    why are you goading this charlatan. He is merely on this forum to become notorious and I even doubt he is Pakistani.

    The fact is IK has effectively eliminated the opposition. They are impotent. I was watching abbasi's show yesterday after ages and it was laughable. Even Kasheif couldnt get his head around the complete impotence of the opposition. The PMLN are simply a parody. A bad joke that parodies the Muslim Leagues of the past. The PPP is also a joke. Neitehr here nor there. Desperate to cling on to Sindh because without it they will simply cease to exist as anything but a rump. Run by a child who keeps getting fatter everyday from his haraam harkatain and offers no real concrete alternative to the PTI.

    where are the policies to counter the PTI? what do they offer? other than trying to wriggle out of the numerous cases against them they have nothing. Both parties have failed so miserably it isnt even a joke anymore.

    If you hate IK fine, but offer a proper alternative including policies that can be implemented. Our dear troll sahib cant even string two sentences together when it comes to viable alternative policies other than frothing at his mouth and blaming the army. Ignore him.
    I totally agree with you assessment but if Uncle Tom wants to post stupid stuff, then we too can play silly games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    I totally agree with you assessment but if Uncle Tom wants to post stupid stuff, then we too can play silly games.
    I asked him to present an alternative as his constant IK rants were annoying me. His response was beyond laughable. Its somewhere on this forum if you want a great comedy moment.

    The simple fact is this. if you are against IK either a) give us a legitimate working alternative to his policies, e.g. if you are anti conservative in the UK you believe in tax and spend and simulating the econmy, trade unions etc. b) if you are against IK because you hate him just because, then you are a complete fool who simply wants attention. c) if there is no IK there is bilawal Imagine this creature as the PM of Pakistan.Just imagine what disgrace we will have to suffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    I asked him to present an alternative as his constant IK rants were annoying me. His response was beyond laughable. Its somewhere on this forum if you want a great comedy moment.

    The simple fact is this. if you are against IK either a) give us a legitimate working alternative to his policies, e.g. if you are anti conservative in the UK you believe in tax and spend and simulating the econmy, trade unions etc. b) if you are against IK because you hate him just because, then you are a complete fool who simply wants attention. c) if there is no IK there is bilawal Imagine this creature as the PM of Pakistan.Just imagine what disgrace we will have to suffer.
    I have done the same and i asked him to open a new thread on the way forward. No chance was he coming on there, he has about as much knowledge of things like the economy as Nooras do about Fonts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    I have done the same and i asked him to open a new thread on the way forward. No chance was he coming on there, he has about as much knowledge of things like the economy as Nooras do about Fonts.
    true its laughable. They have no alternatives. They literally wait for roadkill and pounce like hyenas. Then slink back into the night. They have nothing. The way the opposition are clutching at straws is hilarious. minus one formula and all this other clap trap. These dinosaurs thinks its the 90's. They are done. tehy still dont realise it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    true its laughable. They have no alternatives. They literally wait for roadkill and pounce like hyenas. Then slink back into the night. They have nothing. The way the opposition are clutching at straws is hilarious. minus one formula and all this other clap trap. These dinosaurs thinks its the 90's. They are done. tehy still dont realise it.
    For such people you need to bear in mind the objective is not to improve Pakistan as a country, it is usually to present the Indian narrative with a "Pakistani" mask in order to give it some legitimacy. It may well be they are sponsored to do so, it is not an expensive option for the parties who want their message put across.


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    Seems like either it is going to be minus one or minus all. Nothing in between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by szundercover View Post
    Seems like either it is going to be minus one or minus all. Nothing in between.
    If it came to it, IK will force a vote and quite conceivable that with JT group adfrift these days, he may lose but the problem of these crooks is that they have no one that lead a country like PK with all its problems. Does anyone that any Noora can lead a PK, or Billo James, whose only achievement so far is using the Omni group to LAUNDER money, and killing poor journalists. They know it and everyone knows it, without IK, its either chaos or Martial Law.


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