Budget and budget meeting illegal; Indicators of economic growth wrong: Bilawal


Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari speaks during the session of the National Assembly on June 18, 2021. Screenshot via GeoNews.

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said Friday that both the budget and budget meeting of the PTI-led government were “illegal”.

During a session of the National Assembly held under the chairmanship of National Assembly Spokesman Asad Qaiser, Bilawal said that it appears that the government is playing the role of the opposition rather than running the government.

Bilawal criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan’s famous rhetoric, saying it was inappropriate to compare the country – ruled by an “illegitimate government” – to Madina state.

Regarding the budget recently presented by the PTI-led government, Bilawal said the masses are well aware that 4% growth is a lie.

“I think both this budget and the budget meeting are illegal,” he said, adding that no new National Finance Commission (NFC) award has been given to the provinces since the government took over.

It should be noted that the NFC Award is used to distribute financial resources between the federal and state governments.

“Any budget will be unconstitutional until the NFC award is awarded,” said Bilawal.

Shedding light on rising inflation in the country, Bilawal said the PTI government had “abandoned people and left them poor”.

He said the people would never forgive the government for pushing it further below the poverty line.

“If the household raises petrol, gas and electricity prices, then every Pakistani will have to bear the incompetence of the government,” said Bilawal, adding that if the economy grew, not that many people would be unemployed.

“The prime minister had promised to give people 10 million jobs, but on the contrary, even those who were previously employed are now unemployed,” said the PPP chairman.

Bilawal said that if the country has experienced economic growth as claimed by the PTI-led government, why does it have to “beg” from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)? “

“If the economy has improved significantly, the government should get out of the IMF deal immediately,” he said.

Bilawal mocked the government again, saying that, according to the economic survey, not least the donkey population in the country has increased, for which Prime Minister Imran Khan’s policies deserve praise.

Government response

In response to Bilawal’s remarks, Federal Energy Minister Hammad Azhar made his speech at the session of the National Assembly, calling on the “opposition are brave enough to hear the truth, then they should stay in the house until the end”.

Hammad Azhar derided the way Bilawal kept switching between English and Urdu during his speech, suggesting that speaking skills are insufficient to remove the stains of corruption from a person’s character.

“Those who have never done anything to improve the country’s economy and have no idea about it made an immature speech about the government’s budget and economic policies,” he said.

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