ISLAMABAD - While the government has already decided to summon the National Assembly budget session on June 5, the joint opposition parties are set to raise concerns on the floor of the house for not convening pre-budget meetings.

The rare show of unity in opposition parties is expected in the budget session with the aim to give tough time to the government on some matters.

Sources said the opposition parties have planned to jointly target the government side for not providing development funds and alleged discrimination in the distribution of uplift programmes.

“The government has planned to summon budget session on 5th June. The budget session is expected to continue till 25th June,” parliamentary sources told The Nation on Thursday.

The major parliamentary opposition factions, adopting a joint strategy, have already submitted a requisition to Chairman Standing Committee for Finance, Statistics and Privatization Omar Ayub Khan, expressing their concerns as no pre-budget meetings have been convened so far on the budget.

“Why the government has not convened even a single pre-budget meeting, which is a common practice for all previous budgets,” said an opposition parties’ leader.

The opposition side has already showed their dissatisfaction over the performance of the Standing Committee for Finance and its failure to play an effective oversight and monitoring role in the fiscal and economic policy, privatization process and budget-making of the country.

The opposition parties has already submitted a requisition with the proposal of an urgent meeting to be briefed by the government on budgetary proposals, PSDP and  privatization particularly of the Heavy Electric Complex.