Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Saturday said that he would consult all political stakeholders to build a consensus on the ‘charter of economy’.
In a tweet on social media platform Twitter, he said, “In 2018, as leader of the Opposition, I proposed the idea of Charter of Economy which was ignored with disdain by the then government. It is [the] need of the hour now. We are starting a process of consultation with all political stakeholders to build [a] consensus on the Charter.”
Separately, the prime minister said that the government had increased the prices of petroleum products with a heavy heart.
On Friday, he said the government was taking tough decisions in view of national interest, and accused the previous Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government of putting Pakistan’s economic and diplomatic standing on the line, simply to further their personal, political interests.
Talking to the media outside a special court in Lahore, he said that the Rs28 billion relief package was announced for the poor segments of the society to fend off the hike in fuel prices.
Under the package, he said, Rs 2,000 each would be disbursed among the 125 million entitled families.
He added that the poor were suffering due to skyrocketing inflation.
To another question regarding the Youm-e-Takbir, the prime minister said that the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif took a bold stance. “He had rejected $5 billion offer for the sake of the country’s interests,” he added.