ISLAMABAD Opposition parties during budget debate in the National Assembly, Friday, criticised the governments economic policies and demanded abolition of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and Federal Shariat Court (FSC). Taking part in the debate, senior member of PML-Q Riaz Hussain Pirzada said the Council of Islamic Ideology and Federal Shariat Court should be abolished as both had failed in delivering peace and decisions in accordance with Shariat. He was of the view that the governments responsibility was to govern while courts should provide justice to everyone. Parliamentarians are being targeted. Fake degrees of the legislators mean nothing when people elect them, Pirzada said. He said no body challenged the degree of any legislator during Musharraf regime adding that the dictators damaged the country. MNA Kashmala Tariq said from 2008 to 2010, as many as 7,000 people committed suicide. She held parliamentarians responsible for their deaths as they (the MPs) failed to bring policies for the betterment of the people. Interior Minister Rehman Malik should order police to register all such FIRs against legislators. We could not give a people friendly budget, Kashmala added. Terming the budget a mixture of begging, borrowing and steeling, she criticised the expenses of Prime Minister House/ secretariat and Presidency. She added that in the budget Rs11.5 million were allocated for purchasing gifts for the foreign guests while 20 million Euros were spent on PMs visit to Brussels. She urged the government to force NATO and other international organisations for rescheduling of Pakistans loans. Aftab Shiekh of PML-N said the budget was a comprise on debt, which could further increase. He suggested that the banks should reduce their interest rate for the betterment of industry while a shipyard should also be constructed in Gwadar for finance generation. Sardar Bahadur Khan Sehar of PML-Q said the federal as well as the provincial government was ignoring the Southern Punjab. He added that 44 per cent religious seminaries were working in South Punjab, which immediately needed reforms and modern education. He urged the government to open universities and declare tax free zones in the area while a proper export policy should be formed for food basket. The budget is based on suppositions and it can be failed if VAT was not implemented in October. He said that the farmer would not be able to earn break even if income tax was imposed on him, Sehar added. Nafeesa Shah of PPP, however, welcomed the budget and urged the government to add a chapter Struggle for Democracy in the syllabus so that the coming generation could know the sacrifices of the people of the country. Fozia Wahab said that the budget was based on reality. Today Parliament is strong and working hard for the betterment of the people. NFC award, 18th Amendment, Gilgit-Baltistan status, peace in Swat, Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan and BISP programmes are the efforts of the government to boost the lives of the people, Fozia said. In his speech, Iqbal Ahmad Ali of MQM said that increase in GST and imposition of VAT would directly hit the poor people of the country while Education and Health was fully ignored in the budget. He added that the budget of sports ministry was always shortened in the budget while the need of the hour was to promote sports in the country. Others who took part in the debate include Dr Suresh Kumar, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Anjum Aqeel, Shehnaz Saleem, Malik Ibrar, Surayya Asghar, Jamshed Dasti, Bushra Gohar, Ayub Sheikh, Saira Afzal Tarar, Samina Mushtaq and others.