Fawad Chaudhry, head of the PTI party, said Saudi Arabia, the United States and other countries had refused to support the current government.
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, he said there is a serious leadership crisis in the country as the current government has left key positions including that of Governor of Punjab and Governor of State Bank of Pakistan.
He said that in the past nine days, the rupee has fallen by 15 rupees against the US dollar, and the stock market has been declining.
Fouad Chaudhry said the government thought it would get money from Saudi Arabia and the United States, but since the world traditionally cares about popular reactions and sees that people have stood behind Imran Khan, they refuse to support the government.
On the other hand, when Imran Khan went to Saudi Arabia, China and other countries they supported him, he said.
The former information minister said that the current government had concluded the most expensive LNG contracts and that foreign exchange reserves were declining rapidly but there was no SPB governor to control the situation.
“Punjab where 66% of the country’s population lives has no government,” he said, adding that there is no water for the Kharif crops and that the price of Diammonium Phosphate has gone up by Rs 500 or Rs 700 in the past few weeks.
Fawad claimed that there was no crisis in Pakistan and that the country was on its way to stability when Imran Khan’s government was overthrown.
He said the movement feared that the current rulers would turn Pakistan into Sri Lanka. “Our worst opponents are also saying that the only way forward is to have new elections.”
Because of this situation, he said, an administrative crisis arose in addition to the already existing political crisis.
Speaking of the PTI rally in Sialkot, Fuad Chaudhry said it was wrong to claim that the PTI movement was holding the gathering on the land owned by the Presbyterian Church and that PTI MNAs Sunila Roth would attest to this.
It was alleged that Khawaja Asif of PML-N organized a rally in the same place four weeks ago while Rana Sanaullah, under the previous PML-N government, encroached on church land and established illegal settlements there.
He said that the current government used the religious card against the opposition after the Prophet’s Mosque incident and in Sialkot, it used the religious card again.
He said the arrests could not stop the PTI movement and that holding new elections was the only possible way.
Ismail warns of a fire
Former Governor of Sindh Imran Ismail warned that if the government disrupts any of the AKP’s rallies, the party will spare no one.
He said that at one signal from Imran Khan there would be a fire everywhere, but the PTI chief was showing restraint.
Ismail said that those who supported the PML-N regret their decision and there was a split in the PML-N party as Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz preferred early elections.