Sanaullah wants forces behind Khan’s election to take blame if economy collapses

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has said Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) did not bring former Prime Minister Imran Khan to the power and if the current government was stopped from performing, then those who brought Khan should take the responsibility.
“We neither brought him [Khan] nor gave him the power. If we are stopped from solving people issues, then those responsible [for Khan’s elections should face the consequences and we would go to the people [for elections],” Sanaullah said, while talking to reporters after appearing in the court.
The minister said the PML-N was not responsible for the current state of the economy. He said the economy’s revival without an agreement with the IMF on the loan program would be nothing short of a miracle.
“But if the petrol price is raised on the IMF’s direction … this would not be acceptable to the PML-N leadership.” However, he added that if the current government is allowed to perform, and the prime minister gets “complete support,” he can steer the nation out of this crisis.
“But if our hands would be tied and we are coerced through different tactics … then, with consensus of the allies, we would go to the people,” Sanaullah said.
He, however, dismissed the rumors of immediate announcement of fresh elections, adding that currently, the government’s coalition partners have an agreement that the government would serve the full term till August 2023.
“I have repeatedly said it before and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif [has said] on record that the govt would not surprise the allies and all decisions would be taken with consensus.”