Pakistan too broke to hold elections, says minister

A FEDERAL minister in Pakistan has claimed that the country is too broke to hold elections as demanded by ousted prime minister Imran Khan, Makkal Osai reported.

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif dismissed Imran’s claims that there had been assassination attempts against him.

This was just an attempt by him to escape prosecution, Khawaja said.

He said the move by Imran’s party to stage protests and demand for a general election was causing more problems as the government was more focused on economic reform.

Pakistan is facing skyrocketing prices of fuel, besides having to deal with wheat shortages and a foreign exchange crisis. The government could not afford to spend money on elections now, he said.

Imran was ousted in April last year in a no-confidence vote.

Several months later, he was wounded in the leg during an assassination attempt in November.

> A total of 75 Indian women from B40 families in Gopeng, Perak, have signed up for a five-day class in making traditional Malay delicacies, Malaysia Nanban reported.

The training is organised by the Malaysia Hindu Sangam’s (MHS) Gopeng branch and conducted by the Crew Skills International Culinary School of Asia.

MHS chairwoman Saraswathy Periyasamy said such skills would help them earn an income to support their families.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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