PPP, PML-N reject ‘PTIMF’ budget


–Bilawal says ‘history will record how Imran danced as our economy burns’

–Maryam says ‘every day of the incompetent Khan is wounding the country’


Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz have expressed displeasure over the “anti-people” budget announced by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), saying their parties would oppose its passage by National Assembly.

Speaking to reporters , Bilawal said the opposition resorted to protest during Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar’s budget speech in the lower house of parliament after realising that masses are being burdened with more taxes.

The PPP chief said that the government hastily presented the budget, adding that the members of the opposition benches were not even given copies of the budget.

“We still attended the budget speech and resorted to protest when we realised that people were being burdened with more taxes,” he explained.

“We will try our best that this anti-people budget does not get passed [in the National Assembly].”

The PPP chairman also took to microblogging website Twitter to mock Prime Minister Imran Khan over the “PTIMF budget”.

“Today the PM of Pakistan danced on the floor of the house as his ministers introduced a PTIMF budget that increases taxes, inflation & unemployment. History will record how Imran danced as our economy burns,” said Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

Bilawal said the recent arrests of the elected representatives were made in a bid to divert attention from the ‘anti-people’ budget.

“Our first demand was issuance of production order for [PTM MNAs] Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir and [PPP co-chairman] Asif Ali Zardari and [PML-N leader] Khawaja Saad Rafiq, but the [NA] speaker did not issue production orders in clear violation of democratic norms and traditions,” he added.

Commenting on the ruling coalition, the PPP chairman said the genuine demands put forth by Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Akhtar Mengal were yet to be implemented despite their noble gesture of not accepting any ministries. “PPP supports his demands … Akhtar Mengal must join hands with the opposition,” he added.

PML-N VP Maryam Nawaz also came down hard on the government, accusing it of burdening the masses by increasing the prices of food and other commodities.

“The government that raised the prices of food and other commodities has burdened the poor people — who are already suffering because of the incompetence of the administration — with its ineptitude. Every day of the Incompetent Khan is wounding the country,” tweeted Maryam as she berated the government by calling it “incompetent” over the proposed “IMF budget”.