Pakistan MP says ‘India reached Moon… we can’t even spend our reserves’: WATCH

Pakistani MP Syed Mustafa Kamal drew parallels between India’s and Pakistan’s achievements during his speech at the National Assembly on Wednesday. He said the world is reaching the moon, “but today, in Karachi, innocent children are dying by falling into open gutters”.

“On the same screen, there’s this news that India has reached the Moon, and just after two seconds, a news flash says a child was killed after falling into an open drains in Karachi…,” Kamal, a leader of Muttahida Quami Movement Pakistan (MQM-P), said in his speech. 

The MQM-P leader posted a video of his speech during Pakistan’s National Assembly session on Facebook on Wednesday. A few snippets of his speech video went viral on social media on Wednesday. WATCH VIDEO HERE:

Mustafa Kamal said this in reference to the successful Chandrayaan-3 mission launched by India in August last year. With Chandrayaan-3, India scripted history by becoming the first country to soft-land on the Moon’s south pole.

Kamal went on to claim that there are “2 crore 62 lakh children are not going to school in Pakistan“. While hailing India’s education system, he said, “If India is booming and excelling today, it is because of the education it imparted to its people…”

“Our neighbouring India – 30 years ago, it taught its citizens those things which the world needed. Today, Indians are CEOs of 25 top Global Companies…Today, there are loads of global investments in India,” Kamal said. He said this while emphasising that a large segment of Pakistan’s youth are being deprived of education.

He also took potshots over cash-trapped Pakistan’s foreign reserves, saying, “We have total reserves, which we can’t even spend because we have taken loans, at $8-9 billion…sometimes it is $6 billion. India’s reserve is $607 billion…”

Last year in December, India’s foreign exchange reserves jumped by $2.8 billion to $607 billion, a five-month high, in the week ended December 8, data by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) showed.

Meanwhile, the net foreign reserves with the State Bank of Pakistan stand at $9.12 billion in the week ending May 3. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reportedly said earlier this month that Pakistan faces major debt-repayment challenges and expressed serious doubts over the cash-strapped country’s capacity to repay the global lender.

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Published: 15 May 2024, 10:31 PM IST