While rejecting the budget for the fiscal year 2021-22, the two largest parties in the opposition — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party — on Friday vowed to give the government a “tough time” in getting it passed from the National Assembly.
While speaking to the media shortly after the conclusion of budget session, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, flanked by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, claimed that the government misrepresented statistics related to the country’s economy and made tall claims.
“Poor are dying and deprived of even single loaf bread, a situation in clear contrast to the government’s claims of a booming economy,” he said and added that the poverty and unemployment at the moment were at an all-time high in the country.
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The PML-N president maintained that the country was being subjected to the worst power outages. He warned that the opposition will give the government a tough time to prevent approval of the budget.
“We will adopt a joint strategy for no-confidence motion against the deputy speaker of the National Assembly,” he said, adding that the members of the opposition benches have been deliberating on introducing a no-confidence motion against him.
Bilawal, while criticising the federal government over its economic policies on the occasion, taunted that the budget appeared to be a budget of another country, not Pakistan. “A country with an all-time high poverty, inflation and unemployment cannot be considered as a booming economy,” he added.
Saying that the budget was akin to adding salt to people’s wounds, the PPP chairman said that the statements of the prime minister and finance minister about the economy do not carry any weight among the masses.
He said that PPP may have differences with other political parties in the opposition, it will raise its voice against the anti-people budget and the incompetent government.
Bilawal further said that PPP members will support the leader of the opposition’s bid to prevent the budget from getting passed in the National Assembly.