ISLAMABAD - Parliament is about to conclude the budget session. Senate was prorogued on Saturday, while budget debate in National Assembly is likely to have not more than a day or two to wind up debate on budget, to be followed by cut motions and adjustments. In addition to a variety of deficits coming to the surface in the fiscal policy, a growing deficit of interest on part of the parliamentarians has been explicitly noticed in the budget session so far. MPs from both sides of the divide, at the same time, have repeatedly pointed out lack of attendance and attention in the House. Neither the government, nor the Opposition appeared to be focused seriously on debating the budget. A few dozens of members attended the session and they too paid least attention to the speakers on Saturday. This gave a clear impression that the parliamentarians in general preferred scoring political points rather than debating the budget. War of words between the ruling PPP and the PML-N in Opposition, apparently, came to an end on Saturday when Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, son of Chief Minister Punjab, renewed his partys offer to cooperate with the government on a 'national agenda. This was not for the first time that the PML-N offered cooperation to the government. But the way Hamza lauded the governments determination in fighting war against terror could be a beginning of a national consensus on combating this menace. So far the two major political parties of the country remained at distance over the methodology of countering terrorism. More importantly, PML-Ns offer to cooperate with the government is not free of anticipations if not conditions. The party leading the Opposition in the NA demands nothing more than the implementation of Charter of Democracy. That could be described as one-point agenda of PML-N. Notwithstanding its thumping of desks on PML-Ns offer, the ruling PPP might not be in a position to implement hurriedly the CoD including the repeal of 17th Amendment, especially doing away with the presidents powers under Article 58-2(b). That is why perhaps, State Minister for Health Muhammad Afzal Sindhu pointed out risks involved in dealing with these critical matters in haste. I am not defending the 17th Amendment or the Article 58-2(b) but I suggest these issues should be handled with extra care and without any urgency, he maintained while taking part in the budget debate. Anosha Rehman of PML-N was one of the few exceptions who delivered a budget-focused speech. Pointing out that Pakistan had once again been caught in a debt trap, she asked the Advisor on Finance Shaukat Tarin to find a way out of it. One of her questions about how inflation would go down perhaps had already been answered by Tarin in his post-budget press conference wherein he had said, Inshallah it would go down. She could be blamed for being too demanding when she asked the Advisor to set examples of austerity by riding a bicycle or a bus. Her facts, however, seemed to be incorrect when she demanded of him to return the official transport in his use. Tarin has made it clear time and again that he rides his own BMW and not even avails the entitlement to fuel as Advisor with the status of a Federal Minister.