The Lower House of the Parliament has passed the Finance (Supplementary) Bill 2021 or “mini-budget” and the State Bank of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill 2021 during 5 hours-long session amid strong protest by opposition parties.
As per details, The session of National Assembly resumed at the parliament house in Islamabad with Speaker Asad Qaisar in the chair, The Prime Minister Imran Khan, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also attended all-important session.
The NA rejected all the amendments moved by the opposition members with a majority vote, 150 members voted in favour of the amendments, while 168 voted against them, On opposition protest, the National Assembly speaker ordered the vote-count for 2 times and both times opposition parties faced defeat with 150-168 and 146-163 votes.
The MQM-P who is a key ally of ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) – withdrew its amendments on the assurance of the Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin.
The sources said that a heated exchange of words took place between Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Energy Minister Hammad Azhar over gas crisis during PTI’s parliamentary party meeting.
They also said that the PTI leader Pervez Khattak criticised Energy Minister Hammad Azhar over the shortage of gas in Pakistan, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Pervez Khattak said in the parliamentary meeting held to discuss the strategy to pass the Finance (Supplementary) Bill 2021or mini-budget from National Assembly said that “Hammad Azhar has no knowledge of gas and electricity crisis,”
Khattak said that “We have to face tough questions of the public as they voted us and we are answerable to them,” added that ministers like Tarin are not answerable to people as he is not a representative elected by people.
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