The National Assembly resumed discussion on the budget for next fiscal year 2019-20 on Wednesday (June 19). Leader of Opposition Shahbaz Sharif delivered an uninterrupted speech and rejected the federal budget and asked for amendments. Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, the opposition leader said the budget—the first presented by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government—was ‘anti-people’ and that it was dictated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Shehbaz said the PTI government’s budget, which he claimed was prepared by the IMF, was like a ruthless sword slitting the common man’s throat and the farmer’s livelihood. Shehbaz called for collective efforts to steer the country out of economic challenges. He said we are prepared to sign a charter of economy with the government to take forward the country.
He criticized the PTI’s ten month performance in government saying the price hike has added to the woes of common man. He said the PTI had made big claims of turning around the economy and bringing revolution in the lives of people but it failed to deliver. He said the government’s policies have resulted in closure of factories and industries which have rendered millions of people jobless.
Recalling the performance of PML (N), Shahbaz Sharif said we addressed enormous challenges such as that of load shedding and terrorism and achieved growth rate of five point eight percent and brought the inflation to the record three percent.
On a point of order, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari demanded that the production orders of the detained elected representatives including former President Asif Ali Zardari be issued so that they could participate in the budget session.
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17 November, 2019