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June 11, 2021
Fri, Jun 11, 2021
The Opposition will work collectively and provides a troublesome time to the federal government and never let it cross the price range, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari mentioned Friday.
Speaking to the media alongside Shahbaz after the parliament’s price range session, Bilawal mentioned that the individuals who may need been listening to Minister for Finance Shaukat Tarin as he unveiled the federal government’s proposals, “must have been thinking that this is some other country’s budget”.
Bilawal mentioned it didn’t sound in any respect just like the price range Pakistan wants, with its “historic inflation, unemployment, and poverty”.
“The prime minister and finance minister’s claims of economic growth are baseless amid such a situation.”
The PPP chairman mentioned the finance ministers’ claims had been akin to “rubbing salt in the wounds” of the Pakistanis who’re “suffering” because of the authorities’s insurance policies.
“All differences among the Opposition parties aside, we will collectively respond to this selected and incompetent government’s budget […] I reiterate my promise that all of PPP’s MNAs will entrust their votes to Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif to use against this government’s budget,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, Shahbaz mentioned the Opposition would be a part of arms and provides a troublesome time to the federal government throughout the price range session and can expose their “fudged” figures.
“When poor people are dying of hunger, unemployment and inflation are skyrocketing, how can they claim that the country is witnessing economic growth?” the Opposition chief requested.
Responding to a query, Shahbaz mentioned that the Opposition events would devise a joint technique for the no-confidence movement that was moved towards NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri a day earlier.
10% improve in wage ‘worst joke’
Taking to Twitter, PML-N chief Ahsan Iqbal slammed the federal government’s proposal to extend the earnings of salaried people by 10% and referred to as the move the “worst joke”.
“A 10% increase in the salaries after record inflation is the worst joke made by the government with them,” tweeted Iqbal.
“We reject this. At least a 20% increase should be given,” said the former interior minister.
Earlier, the finance minister was greeted by jeers from the Opposition benches, with members shouting slogans and taunting the finance minister by laughing loudly as he praised PM Imran Khan’s economic initiatives while presenting the budget for the fiscal year 2021-22.
Undeterred and aided by a pair of earphones that allowed him to drown out the ruckus around him, Tarin announced that the total outlay of the budget for the upcoming year had been kept at Rs8,478 billion, with the tax target set at an ambitious Rs5,829 billion.
Speaking about the various allocations made by the government, Tarin said Rs480bn had been allotted for pension payments of both civilians and retired military officers.
He said the defence budget of the country had been allocated Rs1,370bn while the government had earmarked Rs1,168 for development and non-development grants for provinces.
He said the government had allocated Rs682bn for subsidies to various sectors of the economy, adding that Rs479bn had been allocated to run the civil government.
Tarin said the government was serious in stemming the spread of the coronavirus and keeping its adverse effects at bay, adding that the government had set aside Rs100bn for it.
He said the federal PSDP had been allocated Rs900 billion.
Tarin lashed out at the previous governments, saying that a mountain of circular debt amounting to Rs1 trillion was inherited by the incumbent government due to the botched policies of its predecessor.
“We made the [capacity] funds in any other case the nation would have defaulted,” he said. “I’m presenting you the actual image of the nation and to spotlight our efficiency,” added the minister.
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