ISLAMABAD– Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday made it clear that the PTI-run federal government’s deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) won’t be accepted if it is not endorsed by the Parliament.
Speaking on the floor of Lower House of the Parliament, he lashed out at the PTI-led government’s economic policies and said that the government was the reason behind increase in petrol, gas and electricity prices.
The PPP chairman went on to say that the masses were drowning in the Tsunami of inflation, adding that the labourers, farmers and pensioners were being economically murdered.
“Common man is suffering due to inflation,” he said and added positive criticism is their interest. “People are dying and they [government] do not even let masses cry,” he added.
Bilawal demanded the government to apprise the Parliament about deal with the IMF, adding that the bailout package won’t be accepted if it is not approved by the Parliament.
The PPP chairman said not because of the 18th amendment but the country is near to bankruptcy due to government’s inability. Sindh is the only province that has collected its tax, he added.
He said: “When there is no direction, the government gets confused and then suddenly the finance minister and State Bank governor are changed.”
“It looks like the government has surrendered the ministry of finance, State Bank and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to the IMF.”
PPP, PML-N demand Imran Ismail’s removal over Sindh division remarks
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Thursday has demanded immediate termination of Sindh Governor Imran Ismail.
During the Senate session, PPP’s Raza Rabbani expressed anger over the governor and said that how he can even think of dividing Sindh. Imran Ismail should first resign from the governorship and then think whatever he wants, he added.
Rabbani said that Imran Ismail is behaving like he has been made chief minister of the province. No one will bear division of the Sindh, he asserted.
Meanwhile, PPP leader Sherry Rehman demanded the House to summon Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan for explanation on Ismail’s statement.
On the other hand, PML-N leader Mushahidullah said that the governor is federation’s representative and if he starts talking about division of the province, he should better leave the office.
Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar has said that the Parliament will be apprised of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditions.
The minister expressed his views in the Senate and stated that the government is ready for charter of economy if the opposition wants it.
Hammad Azhar told the House that the IMF delegation wanted to meet the parliamentary leaders but no one from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) came in the session.
“Only Naveed Qamar and Shibli Faraz showed up for the meeting,” he said.
‘Won’t let you run the House’
Former defence minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentarian Khawaja Asif on Thursday during National Assembly session became incensed when Speaker Asad Qaiser opened the mic for federal minister for communication and postal services Muraad Saeed to address session.
According to details, the PML-N leader along with other opposition members, reacting over speaker s this action, surrounded the speaker and lodged a strong protest during Muraad Saeed s speech.
“I can t be dictated over house proceeding, so, don t try to pressurise me this way,” speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said. “After the federal minister for communication and postal service s address, I will give chance to Kh Asif; but can t tolerate such tactics.”
However, current Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak tried to calm down the former defence minister but he [Kh Asif] refused […]; and said while refusing the speaker’s directions to go back to his seat that we would not let you [Mr Speaker] run the house if our demands are not fulfilled.
Replying to Kh Asif s action, NA speaker Asad Qaiser said such behaviour did not suit him and adjourned the parliament session for prayer break.
SOURCE: DUNYA NEWS AND AGENCIES