Opposition leaders met on Friday to reject the government’s view of economic growth and development in the legislature today, to agree to a “critical time” for the 2021-22 state economy.
Speaking to reporters in Islamabad with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari after the parliamentary budget, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said: ” [in numbers] he did. ”
He also summed up the government’s response to the economic crisis, and asked how the economy could end “the poor [man] dying, they will not get a single meal, there is extreme poverty and unemployment in this country. ”
Shehbaz said the issues would be discussed together in parliament and “we will provide a hard time for the government in budgeting.”
Similarly Bilawal criticized the budget presentation today and said it was not in line with reality, saying that even people who listen to the voice may think it is a foreign budget.
He also noted that the views of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance, on economic growth at a time when the country is experiencing “extreme poverty, unemployment and rising prices”, did not work out and were tantamount to “salting the wounds of suffering Pakistani Pakistanis.”
The PPP chairperson also said he was supporting the opposition coalition to reject the money, saying: “We think the differences between the opposition and other political parties have their place. [but] We must oppose this budget by an incomplete, inadequate and collectively elected government.
“As I promised before you, we are giving all the votes of the PPP MNAs against this budget to the Leader of the Opposition (in the National Assembly) Shehbaz Sharif to use against this government.”
Last week, Bilawal said the PPP would support Shehbaz on a budget even though some PML-N members did not perform well. Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, he said: “I would like to tell Shehbaz Sharif in front of the media that all PPP members will assist you in legal matters and this. [upcoming] budget even angry [of some PML-N members]. “
Before being part of the budget today, Bilawal chaired a PPP parliamentary committee meeting to consider the party’s approach. He called on the MPP to provide a “critical time” for the government, saying the PTI had created a budget “against the poor”, “politicians” and “elected”.
Bilawal also joined the strike by government officials outside Parliament today and questioned why the protesters had not received their salaries or increases even if the government was making money.
Complaining about the government’s 10% increase in tariffs, he said “an increase of 30pc [in salaries] it must have happened […] and the minimum wage must have been increased to 25,000 rs. ”
He further added that all opposers would not tolerate the injustice of public relations and work for the White House.
Meanwhile, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal also called for a 10pc pay rise for the government, saying it was “a terrible joke” and “salting their wounds (which earners money)”.
“We are rejecting,” he said, adding that at least a 25pc increase in pay must have taken place to offset the increase over the past three years.