ISLAMABAD - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), while keeping its previous practice intact, is set to present the federal shadow budget for the next financial year 2016-17 in coming days, proposing the PML-N government to increase salaries of civil servants upto 20 percent.

"MQM would present federal shadow budget in Islamabad, whereas the provincial budget would be presented in a couple of days," MQM's senior leader Farooq Sattar told The Nation yesterday.

Muttahida would give a roadmap to the government to set its priorities for federal budget 2016-17. "If the budgetary proposals are implemented in different sectors it would prove fruitful for the country's economy," said Sattar.

"We would keep proposing budgetary allocation to government every year. We would even present it in next financial year if they don't put value on our budgetary plan," said MQM's parliamentary leader while responding to a question about the purpose of presenting the budget.

To a question, he agreed that the government had not incorporated their proposals in the previous budgets. "We will keep proposing our budgetary recommendations to government. It’s up to government to incorporate it or not," he added. 

"MQM is the only parliamentary party which gives recommendations of budget to government with its full preparation with the aim to facilitate masses," said another MQM leader Ali Raza Abidi, adding that history would give evidence about MQM's seriousness in each and every matter related to the welfare and interest of masses.