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Nawaz Sharif: India reached moon, hosted G20 Summit, we are begging for funds

News Agencies | Updated on: 20 September 2023, 10:43 IST
Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Addressing a meeting of his party, PML(N), former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that India reached the moon and successfully hosted the G20 Summit while Pakistan was begging other countries for money to stay afloat.

Addressing the party meeting in Lahore virtually, prior to his return to Pakistan, Sharif said, "Today, Pakistan's Prime Minister is going from one country to another to beg for funds while India is setting foot on the moon and hosting world leaders at the G20 summit. Why couldn't Pakistan achieve similar feats? Who is responsible for our shambolic state?"

The former PM added that the poor were struggling for food in Pakistan. "What have we done to our country?" he questioned.

Criticising the ongoing state of Pakistan's economy, Sharif said, "Those who did this to our country are the biggest criminals."

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo claimed further that India had followed economic reforms initiated by his government in 1990.

"When Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the Prime Minister of India, it had only a billion dollars in their treasury. Now, their foreign exchange reserves have risen to USD 600 billion," Sharif said. 

He added that Pakistan was having to beg other countries for even one billion dollars.

"We are begging for even one billion dollars. What have we come to? Where do we stand in India's eyes? We are asking for money from China and the Gulf," Sharif noted. 

Meanwhile, Shehbaz Sharif said that his brother and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) are set to arrive in Pakistan on October 21, Pakistan-based Geo News reported.

Pakistan is reeling from one of its worst economic and political crises that have impacted the masses.


First published: 20 September 2023, 10:43 IST