Crucial NA session to pass federal budget 2020-21 under way – Pakistan

The National Assembly session to hold crucial voting to pass the federal budget 2020-21 is currently ongoing in Islamabad.

Minster for Industries Hammad Azhar said today’s session was meant to move amendments to the finance bill and pass it, yet the opposition was resorting to personal attacks.

He accused the opposition of shouting “na manzoor” (unacceptable) even before the budget was presented in the parliament.

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“I expected there would be concrete arguments [today] but the opposition is making personal attacks — this is the level of their seriousness,” said Azhar, who was addressing the parliament after PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif and PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

Opposition parties on Sunday had presented a united front in rejecting the federal government’s budget for the new fiscal year, lambasting the ruling PTI for being unable to provide people with relief during the coronavirus pandemic.

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