PTI comes under fire in NA over ‘wrong’ economic policies

ISLAMABAD – The PTI’s dissidents in the National Assembly budget debate yesterday lashed out at the PTI government’s tenure for introducing wrong economic policies and pushing the country to a deep economic crisis.

The treasury benches lawmakers of the previous government were more interested to blame the previous governments’ policies on different matters related to the economy as they were seemingly uninterested to put the country on a right track, said the PTI’s dissidents while taking part in the budget debate. PTI’s senior member Ahmed Hussain Dehar, on his turn, strongly criticised the previous government for introducing the ‘politics of abuses’ in the country. “It seems to abuse the opponent was the criteria to get the ministries,” he said, mentioning that Imran-led government was behaving like the opposition in its three and half years tenure. “There were no proper policies for the poor segment of the society except the claims in speeches,” said PTI’s MNA amid desk-thumping from the treasury benches. Another PTI dissident Javairya Zafar said the previous government blamed the opposition parties for corruption in tenure. “Even the bigwigs of PML-N and PPP would no more be corrupt if they join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf,” she commented on the criteria of judging the politicians by PTI. A senior MNA from the government benches Javed Latif, on a point of order, said that the incumbent government should public the PTI’s deal with IMF. “Realities should be shared with the masses,” he said. PML-N’s senior MNA Tahira Aurangzeb, taking part in the debate, appreciated the government for presenting a balanced budget in tough circumstances. He said the budget envisages a special loan scheme for the youth which will help them stand on their own feet. She said the incumbent government had given unprecedented incentives to the agriculture sector. PML-N’s senior member from Multan Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, taking part in the debate, proposed that farmers should be given interest-free loans for switching to solar tube-wells. “The political parties should set aside their differences and agree on a charter of economy for sake of the country,” he said, adding that political stability is a must to bring prosperity to the country. A senior member from Balochistan Shahnaz Baloch sharing her proposals for the budget 2023 said that special focus should be given to the development of Balochistan. She said the relevant stakeholders should sit together to chart out a way forward to rid the country of debt.

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Treasury member urges govt to provide interest-free loans to farmers for switching to solar tube-wells

MNA Riaz ul Haq, on his turn,  said the government should address the issue of circular debt.  He said water reservoirs should be constructed to overcome the issue of water scarcity and ensure food security. A senior parliamentarian Sajid Mehdi said all the political parties should sit together and devise a common strategy to put the country on the path of development. He urged the government to take concrete steps for the development of the agriculture sector. PML-N’s MNA Ayesha Rajab Ali , at the fag end of the proceedings, demanded the govt to establish a university campus to up-gradate the Tehsil Headquarters hospital in Tandlianwala.

At the outset of the proceeding, the house offered fateha for those killed in a recent terrorist incident in North Waziristan and former Provincial Minister Bakht Baidar Khan, who passed away in Lower Dir a few days back.

The Chair said our security forces have rendered immense sacrifices in the war on terrorism. Strongly condemning terror incidents, he said we have to fight this menace with unity.

The house adopted a resolution extending the General Statistics (Re-organization) Amendment Ordinance, 2022 for a further period of one hundred and twenty days.


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