NA & Senate continue debate on federal budget

NA & Senate continue debate on federal budget

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly resumed its session at the parliament house in Islamabad this morning with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.

Taking part in the debate on budget 2018-19, Leader of the Opposition in the House Syed Khursheed Shah said parliament is a supreme institution and everyone should work to maintain its sanctity.

Sahibzada Tariqullah of Jamat-e-Islami said we have strong reservations on the budget. He said National Finance Commission is part of the constitution but it has not been revived after 2007.

Haji Shah Gul Afridi said we need to increase our exports and improve our relations with neighboring countries for this purpose. He said FATA reforms will help spur development activities in the region.

Dr. Azra Fazal of PPP said increasing levy on oil will increase prices of petroleum products and put more pressure on the poor. She said FBR has shown an abysmal performance and could only collect indirect taxes upto 200 billion rupees.

The Senate resumed its session at the parliament house in Islamabad on Friday morning with Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani in the chair.

The House will continue debate on the new Federal Budget.

Speaking in the House, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb urged the political institutions to stand together for freedom of media and expression.

She regretted the incident of scuffle between police and journalists at D. Chowk, in Islamabad yesterday. She said a committee has been constituted and its report will be presented before the House.

Other members also condemned the incident and said that they stand for the freedom of media in the country. APP/AFP