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PM Imran Shows Dismay Over Punjab Assembly’s Decision To Raise Salaries of MPs, Ministers

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LAHORE MIRROR REPORT– Prime Minister Imran Khan has showed dismay over the Punjab Assembly’s move to enhance salaries and perks of member assemblies, ministers and the provincial chief minister.

“I am extremely disappointed by decision of Punjab Assembly to raise pays and privileges of MPAs, ministers and especially CM,” the prime minister tweeted today. 

“Once prosperity returns to Pakistan such a move could be justified, but now, when we do not have resources to provide basic amenities to all our people, this is untenable,” he added.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also slammed the Punjab Assembly’s decision and termed it a “sham exercise”.

Chaudhry said, “Seems Punjab Government and the CM House is in the dark about the PM and the federal government austerity policies otherwise such sham exercise of awarding huge benefits to themselves would not have happened.”

The Punjab Assembly had on Wednesday increased the salaries, perks and privileges of its members to more than double after making legislation in record haste, within 24 hours of tabling the bill concerned.

The unanimously-passed legislation was tabled as a private bill by treasury’s Ghazanfar Abbas Cheena on a private members day on Tuesday.

The bill ended up as a unanimous bill since none of the members opposed it from both sides, except PPP’s parliamentary leader Hasan Murtaza.

It was unanimously passed after a standing committee also gave its approval within a few minutes of discussion.

Punjab chief minister will be able to draw Rs 350,000 per month, while members 200,000 per month after the legislation, leaving other provincial assemblies behind.