'Mini budget' represents status quo claims Bilawal

'Mini budget' represents status quo claims Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Wednesday claimed that the 'mini budget' was that of the 'old Pakistan' representing the status quo, which had even dashed to ground the expectations of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters.

Participating in the debate on the Finance Supplementary (Amendment) Bill, 2018, he alleged that only non-filers and middle men were facilitated in the budget.

The PPP wanted creation of 10 million new jobs, construction of 5 million houses and education for every Pakistani as per the PTI's manifesto, but nothing had been mentioned in that regard in the budget documents, he claimed. The budget was also silent about the government's first 100 days plan, he added.

Similarly, he said, nothing had been offered for the development of agriculture.

He was of the view the country could not be run on donations, or politics of abuses. Issues could not be settled with a magic wand, he added.

Bilawal said, "There is a difference between staging sit-ins and running a government. The PTI should now take difficult decisions."

He alleged that contrary to its claims, the government was going to get loans from the International Monetary Fund.

Bilawal claimed that the PPP government had announced National Finance Commission (NFC) award and Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package, besides initiating the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), when the petroleum prices were at the highest level of $147 per barrel and there was the worst recession.

The present government, he claimed, had not taken any step for creating the South Punjab province.

He said the PPP would not allow to undermine federation as per the Constitution.

The finance minister, he said, should take the parliament into confidence over the measures taken to get the country out of the Financial Action Task Force’s grey list.

He urged the government to ensure freedom of press in the country.