The PPP’s senior leadership Sherry Rehman on Tuesday blasted the govt over what it termed its “failures” in various areas, including getting Pakistan faraway from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) ‘grey list’, controlling inflation, and pursuing the Kashmir issue with the force it deserved.
At a press conference in Islamabad, Senator Sherry Rehman mentioned the PTI government’s alleged shortcomings, asking: “Who runs Pakistan?”
She said the government had drafted “in a hurry” faulty bills relating to the FATF action plan and sought to have them passed in a sprint through the parliament. It was the opposition who, with the support of consultants, worked “day and night” to change the law, she said.
Sherry Rehman, accompanied by other representatives of the PPP, said that the government was “celebrating” the 21 goals of the 27-point action plan of the FATF, but asked: “The nation is already on the grey list, and are you celebrating this and fooling the people and the parliament of Pakistan?”
“We expect answers from ministers who used FATF laws to say that Pakistan was revealed only because of the opposition,” she added, asking the government to also specify if the global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist funding watchdog was still subject to “enhanced surveillance” for Pakistan.
The senator accused the government of using the FATF law to “witch-hunt” opposition politicians and not using the support of the opposition as an avenue for coalition building.
She said the government was “dividing the parliament and the world” and clashing with the opposition, while the opposition was currently supporting the government for the sake of people’s concerns.
Rehman said, “The tabahi sarkaar (regime of devastation) has only created devastation.”
“Citing rises in food commodity prices, she said that while inflation was the real problem of the world at the moment, no one was talking about it because the government had embroiled everyone in a” war of narratives.