MQM, PPP voice support for govt’s tough economic decisions

Allied parties reject any benefit of a caretaker set up if installed now for early polls

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government’s allies, the Pakistan People’s Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement, say that the government should complete its term and make hard decisions to stabilize Pakistan’s faltering economy.

Both supported the “difficult decision” taken by the government to deal with the economic crisis.

In an interview on a local television talk show, the government allies ruled out any advantage if a caretaker set-up is brought in now for early elections.

PPP leader Khursheed Shah stated that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has the full power to make tough choices to save the country. He said if these decisions were not made then the country will suffer.

He stated the government should consider conducting elections after introducing electoral reforms in September or October. Shah added that holding immediate polls and creating a caretaker government would push the nation into a Sri Lanka like situation.

Faisal Sabzwari of the MQM said that it would take a year of consistency to fix the economy. He said that accurate and swift decisions were needed. He said that his party would pay the price for tough national decisions.

He also voiced opposition to the concept of a caretaker set-up as well. He argued that the choices made by the caretaker set-up would be void of credibility in the eyes of the international organization which gave the country loans.