The President of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Maulana Fazlur Rehman announced on Sunday that former Prime Minister Imran Khan was paid by a Gulf state to derail the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) and hit Gwadar port sunk.
The JUI-F leader told the media after attending a gathering of tribal elders from North Waziristan district that PTI had destroyed the country’s new economic pillars. Chinese investment is one such pillar, he said, adding that CPEC is not just a road, but a comprehensive economic package.
“Gwadar is the second largest deepwater port in Asia. Some countries feel threatened by Gwadar. It will be a most useful portal for trade. PTI caused serious damage to the project,” he added.
Fazl believes that the Financial Times article has exposed the true face of PTI. He alleges that the money given to Abraaj Corporation also included a huge share of a Gulf state, aimed at sinking the Gwadar port project.
“We can now see that the depth of the sea has decreased to just 11 feet,” he declared.
Fazl says that the PDM, when it came to power, in fact accepted the challenges it faced. He said the government will inform the PDM in detail on the country’s economic situation on Tuesday and Wednesday and ministers have been called to the meeting for that purpose. A strategy will then be developed to stabilize the economy, he added.
Fazl said the governing coalition would present a joint candidate in the by-election for all the seats that had been vacant due to the resignation of PTI MPs. He said the runner-up in the 2018 general election will be the PDM’s unanimous candidate in the by-elections.