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Treasury foils opp's bid to disrupt NA budget session

12 June, 2012

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ISLAMABAD: An attempt by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to disrupt the proceedings of the National Assembly did not bear fruit on Monday when the treasury side's well-planned strategy to keep the quorum completed let the House run its business smoothly.

The PML-N, which boycotted the session as part of its anti-government drive, stayed away from the House for almost complete duration of the session. However, it tried to disturb the proceedings by pointing out of quorum when the session was about to end.

As usual, PML-N's Chaudhry Saud Majeed, the man tasked by the party to point out the quorum, turned up in the session and pointed out the quorum, when it was debating the federal budget 2012-13.

When the head count was ordered by Acting Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, the PPP rushed to bring its members back in the House, which was giving a desert look after the Maghrib prayer, and made the presence of required number of members in the House possible, prompting a ruling from the chair that "the House is in order".

In the absence of the opposition, the members of the ruling PPP and its coalition partners took part in the debate by showering applauses on the government for presenting its fifth budget with advice and caution, especially on the power crisis that has crippled industries and life of the common man.

PML-Q's Fiza Junejo, though commended the fifth budget of the government, pointed out that corruption and mismanagement had been the issues where the government failed to take any step. On the power crisis, Fiza said the circular debt had been a big concern, which washed away all efforts of the government. She emphasised on generating power from coal in Thar, which she believed would provide cheap electricity to the masses.

On the state of economy, she said Pakistan had fallen from the ranks of developing nations. She deplored that the country was just moving towards becoming a security state and nothing else.

PPP's Abdul Ghani Talpur called the budget "people friendly" and noted that under the prevailing difficult situation, it was the best budget the government could present.

He also criticised the opposition for "their failure to even point out any flaws in the budget" and said that because of this shortcoming, they resorted to agitation instead of taking part in the budget debate.

MQM's Shagufta Sadiq deplored that in the last four years, the economic situation of the country had not changed. "It seems that today, at the time of the fifth budget, we as a country are standing at the same position from where we began four years back," she said. PPP's Abdul Ghafoor Chaudhry said unless the energy crisis was tackled, the situation of economy would not improve.

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