ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party yesterday lashed out at the federal government in the National Assembly for levelling corruption against its senior leaders.

“PML-N should stop politics of 1990s and avoid levelling allegations of corruption only against PPP leaders,” said senior party lawmaker Shahida Rehmani, talking part in discussion on President Mamnoon Hussain’s address.

Rehmani pointed out presence of Daesh and other increasing incidents of law and order in Punjab. “No operation is being launched in the Punjab as the interior minister wants implementation of National Action Plan in Karachi only,” she said, adding Ch Nisar should hold everyone equally accountable.

The PPP lawmaker also blamed the government for selling public sector entities (PSEs). “The incumbent government is selling PSEs, which is unfair,” she added.

Sahibzada Yaqoob from Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), on his turn, lauded the government for its efforts against corruption. “There is a need to control the energy crisis in the country,” he added.

PTI’s Jahangir Tareen who recently won by-election on NA-154, Lodhran, took oath in the house amid a heavy desk thumping from his party’s lawmakers. Imran Khan also took part in the proceedings of the house till the speech of his party’s newly elected member, Jahangir Tareen.

Tareen, in his maiden speech, asked the prime minister to fulfil his promise to provide Rs 2.5 billion development package for Lodhran. “This money should immediately be given to the people of this area,” he said, besides criticising the role of the Election Commission. “The Election Commission in its present shape cannot hold free, fair and transparent elections,” he viewed.

Earlier, Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the next winter would be comparatively better in terms of provision of natural gas to consumers. The minister, responding to a call-attention notice, said prices of natural gas would not be increased.

“The ministry is working on the issue and hoped the next winter would be much better than the present one,” he said, holding the previous governments responsible for the gas shortage. “The issue of gas needs to be debated in Council of Common Interests (CCI),” he said.

Responding to another call- attention notice regarding 20 percent children still out of school, Minister of State for Education Baligh-ur-Rehman admitted no significant change in this particular matter of the education sector could be brought. However, the number of primary schools had been increased, he added.