National Assembly witnesses brawl, PPP leaders surrounds Omar Ayub

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

12th Feb, 2020. 03:35 pm
National Assembly

National assembly on Wednesday, witnessed massive brawl when  Pakistan Peoples Party leaders surrounded Federal Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan during his speech over his ’10 percent’ comment.

The Opposition tore the copies of agenda. Session of the National Assembly has been adjourned to meet again on Thursday. 

Hammad Azhar tried to move opposition members away from Omar Ayub Khan.

Earlier Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member National Assembly (MNA) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Wednesday said the government has no answer for hiking sugar and flour prices.

The erstwhile premier addressed the National Assembly and said people are unaware of the economic image which the government is portraying. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said sugar prices have surged from Rs 43 per kilogram to Rs 90.

He demanded to form a special committee to interrogate into the sugar and flour crises. While bashing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said all ministers are giving speeches but showing no performance. Will the country be governed this way, he questioned.

The PML-N leader said loans are being taken to run the country and if this regime completes its five-year tenure, Pakistan’s debt will be doubled. Prices of electricity and gas have been increased, he said while urging the government to handover these affairs to the provinces according to the constitution.

On  the other hand Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Abdul Hafeez Sheikh says country’s foreign exchange reserves saw a massive fall due to wrong economic policies of the Pakistan Muslim League N.

He was addressing national assembly on Wednesday.

Hafeez Sheikh says PML-N responsible for the bad economic condition of the country.

PML-N government spent rs.23,00 billion more than its income.

He said Pakistan was on verge of default due to current account deficit and economic indicators, when PTI government came into power.

Hafeez Sheikh termed loan of rs.30000 billion, root cause of the current economic problems

He said country’s foreign exchange reserves saw a massive fall due to wrong economic policies of the PML-N.

The adviser said the value of the dollar was maintained artificially, which also affected our exports.

Admitting that Pakistan has never remained successful in achieving tax collection targets,

But the PTI government working to bring reforms in the country’s tax collection mechanism.

He said those who got several IMF programmes in their tenure of governments, are now criticizing the incumbent government.

In order to save country from being default, it was necessary to get a bailout package from the fund.

“Saving country from being default was for national cause not personal.”

Hafeez Sheikh on IMF Bail out Package

He said the IMF bailout package helped Pakistan in restoration its trust in other financial institutions like the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and others.

Their support also helped Islamabad to come out of default like situation, he said and added that the austerity drive of the government also helped Pakistan, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh added.

He maintained that the government curtailed its budget upto rs.40 billion and the Pakistan Army also extended its help to the newly elected government by not getting increase in the defence budget.

Mr. Sheikh  said the country’s economy is improving now and the IMF has also endorsed that Pakistan has achieved all of its targets in its latest review report.

He said international financial institutions like Moody’s, Bloomberg are appreciating our efforts for the revival of the economy

But opposition here, only criticizing.

Hafeez Sheikh about Governor State Bank

Abdul Hafeez Sheikh said Baqir left his job in the IMF to serve the country

He added that jobs in IMF are not given on secretaries and the MNAs recommendations.

Criticism on Reza Baqir is not right, Sheikh continued.

Abdul Hafeez Sheikh the government working to create ease for the people of the country and further uplift our exports.

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