ISLAMABAD - Opposition parties in Wednesday’s National Assembly (NA) session urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to remove the controversy about the route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

“The Prime Minister should come in the parliament and remove emerging differences of small provinces about CPEC,” said opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah, strongly criticizing the incumbent government’s inefficiency in different sectors of economy.

Shah demanded that the routes of CPEC should be implemented in the light of the decision taken in All Parties Conference (APC).

The PPP leader, on point of order, claimed that the present government has failed to achieve its targets during two and half years. “Despite tall claims, the situation of load-shedding, loans, electricity is quite same,” said Shah.

About power outages in the country, he said the incumbent government has failed to control load-shedding in the country. “Duration of load-shedding has also not been controlled and shortfall of electricity is also increasing,” he added.

About the circular debt, he said that the government has failed to control circular debt despite passing two and half years of its tenure. “Circular debt has reached nearly Rs500 billion, which shows the efficiency of government in economy sector,” he added.

Shah criticized the government for imposing new taxes of Rs40 billion over masses. “Is it a welfare state where taxes are being imposed over poor masses,” he added.

The opposition leader also pointed out empty government benches in the house. “First rows of the government benches are empty. Ministers are not present in the house,” he added.

The house with the thin presence of lawmakers mainly from government benches was also adjourned due to lack of quorum.

A PTI member Ghulam Sarwar, on point of order, claimed around 100 absconders involved in heinous crime are living in the constituency of Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan. “Nation Action Plan should equally be imposed in the country,” he said.

Taking part in the debate on presidential address, Shehryar Afridi from PTI said that there was a need to remove controversy over CPEC. “All reservations regarding Western route should be removed,” he added.

Aasia Naz Tanoli from government benches lauded the incumbent government’s efforts to control law and order situation in the country.

Taking part in debate, Amjad Ali from PTI said that the government should take lower house into confidence about its stance over controversy of Iran and Saudia. “In In-camera briefing should be given to lawmakers,” he added.