Opposition leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday criticised the government and said it had ruined the country due to a ‘storm of inflation’.
Initiating the debate on the budget in the lower house of the Parliament, Shehbaz said that the people had us to the Assembly for legislation with hope.
“What happened in the House in the last few days was very worrying,” said the PML-N leader.
“A wrong message was sent not just in Pakistan but the whole world,” Shehbaz lamented.
He further said that the legislation that has been passed in recent days is not in accordance with the Constitution and the country’s law as there were many flaws in it.
“Our voice was not heard, we played our role in the Senate and stopped it,” he said, “A committee should be formed in this regard.”
On this, the NA Speaker Asad Qaiser that a committee, comprising members of the government and the opposition, would be formed to review the legislative process.
The leader of the opposition also said that the 66-page budget speech was made (by the finance minister) and every page mentioned inflation, poverty and misery.
“Everyone saw what happened in the country during the last three years. We think that if the pockets of the poor people are empty, then the budget is fake,” he said.
Shehbaz added that taxes had been levied during the last three years and yet the revenue had not increased, whereas children had to leave schools and “the poor were not getting even half a loaf of bread”.
“This budget will bring more misery. When we left the government in July 2018, the GDP was 5.8% whereas now, the growth rate is the lowest in the country’s history since 1952″.
Earlier in the day, the government and the opposition agreed to evolve a code of conduct for smooth proceedings in the House, a day after another NA session was marred by ruckus during Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif’s speech.
Talks between the two sides today remained successful as both agreed to restore peace in the parliament and Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser is expected to announce the decisions made during the talks.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak said both sides have reached a consensus and it has been proposed that lawmakers would not use expletives, refrain from creating chaos and help run the proceedings of the House as per the Constitution.
“During talks, it was proposed that a committee shall be formed, which will help evolve rules for running the proceedings without any disruption,” Khattak added.
Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said, “All the issues have been settled,” adding it was also discussed during the talks that the speaker’s powers should be increased.