On October 28, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s former wife and British-Pakistani journalist Reham Khan issued yet another stunning attack, this time post his assuming the top job, and said that there is currently an absence of democracy in Pakistan and that it is the dominance of martial law that is actually governing the country.
“The way we are being told that dams will be built -- That they say they have brought money. What type of democracy is this where without asking people, without taking their suggestion, without taking Parliament in confidence, the decisions are being made? This is not democracy; I think they should accept that there is naked martial law in Pakistan,” she proclaimed.
The journalist hit out at her ex-husband PM Khan for allegedly belittling Pakistan’s economic condition on an international forum, saying, “It is a very unfortunate situation in Pakistan nowadays. Prime Minister going to Saudi Arabia and openly talking about Pakistan’s situation and saying that there is no money in the country. I believe no one who does business or is an investor insults their own country or venture at an international platform.”
Reham Khan further demanded a discussion in Parliament regarding this. “The way we have received these funds through begging and on what terms we have got it must be discussed in Parliament. If Nawaz Sharif would have done so and not discussed it with Parliament, the situation would have been different,” she said.
On his visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Imran Khan was attending the Kingdom’s Future Investment Initiative as a panel member on “Emerging Opportunities.” India's neighbour is seeking foreign aid to restraint the budgetary gap that the new Pakistan PM has blamed on the misconduct of the former administration.
Pakistan is seeking to boost the inflow of investment to aid and augment its finances and Khan used the platform to discuss opportunities around tourism, mineral, coal and gas exploration.
He also emphasized what he said were the 'victories of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism', which has brought 'peace and stability' to the Nation. As expected, Khan was also careful emphasise the importance of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), internally hailed as the means by which economic salvation will be delivered to Pakistan.
Imran Khan will embark on his first visit to China as the Prime Minister of Pakistan on November 2 and will remain there till November 5. He will be accompanied by a delegation including the Pak Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, a statement from Pakistan's foreign ministry read.
The 66-year-old leader's visit to China comes in the milieu of the Pakistan government securing a $6 billion deal with Saudi Arabia, during his visit earlier this week.