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Imran Khan threatens protest in Pakistan if gas, power tariff not reduced

Khan raised the issue of Malik Riaz and the £79.63 million Pakistani citizens still stuck in court cases of other countries. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

By: Vibhuti Pathak

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly criticized the ruling party’s economic policies, warning of a nationwide protest if there is an increase in the power and gas tariff. Despite being incarcerated for a controversial case involving the sale of gifts, Khan has not refrained from voicing his opinions on Pakistan’s current political and economic state.

Speaking from Adiala jail, Khan argued that Pakistan’s economy cannot achieve stability unless the government respects the public mandate. He expressed apprehension that additional taxation during June and July would further destabilize the economy, pointing out that most tax revenue is directed towards debt servicing, discouraging investors.

Regarding the £190 million corruption case against him, Khan affirmed that he would not seek a deal to leave the country, contrasting his stance with that of President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He highlighted Sharif’s acquittal in the Toshakhana vehicle reference and Zardari’s bid for immunity in his case.

Khan also drew attention to Malik Riaz, a real estate mogul, and the £79.63 million Pakistani citizens entangled in court cases abroad.

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