ISLAMABAD - Some lawmakers from treasury and opposition in the National Assembly (NA) put weight behind the PkMAP chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai 's proposal to convene a joint session or APC to evolve a strategy to strengthen democracy in the country.
The house with the thin presence of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle saw criticism-cum-suggestions on budget proposals 2014-15, as mainly the back benchers got opportunity to share their views.
A Treasury legislator, amid other proposals to deal with power crises, proposed building Kalabagh Dam by changing its name with 'Pakistan Dam'. "There is political conflict on Kalabagh Dam. It needs to be built and if someone has objection it should be renamed," said Rana Muhammad Ishaq. He also that government has enhanced the GDP growth rate in this budget, but it should also enhance taxes on landlords.
Earlier, another lawmaker from government benches, Sardar Mansab Ali, opined that the proposal of Mehmood Khan Achakzai to convene a joint session should be taken seriously. He termed the federal budget 2014-15 as an ideal budget.
MQM lawmaker Shikeh Salahuddin said there was a need to strength democracy in the country. "A member demanded to convene APC for strengthening democracy . I think pillar of the democracy should also be strengthened," he said, asking to realize importance of local bodies’ elections. About worsening law and order situation in the country, he was of the view that all lawmakers should be on one page to deal with this issue. PPP lawmaker Munawar Talpur appreciating the Achakzai 's speech said that there was a need to strength democracy in the country. He also endorsed his point to arrest Minhaj-ul-Quran chief and send him back to Canada immediately after his arrival. About budgetary proposal, he said this budget was prepared on the directions of IMF.
PTI lawmaker Shafqat Mehmood criticised PML-N government for locking horns with opposition parties. "In past, they lock horns with Ghulam Ishaq and others. Now, they have once again opened many fronts," he added. PML-N lawmaker Javed Ali Shah appreciated the budgetary allocation for education. He asked for incentives for farmers and welfare program for the poor.
A JUI-F lawmaker Qari Muhammad Yusuf, on his turn, strongly criticised a opposition party's lawmaker for showing much sympathetic attitude toward Qadiyan. He, without sharing name, said the words of that lawmaker should be expunged. JUI-F lawmaker Naeema Kishwar stressed the need for conducting fresh census in the country. "There is need to appoint heads of 28 big institutions of the country," she added.