Tuesday’s Senate meeting showed that opposition parties were responding strongly to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the provisions of Finance Bill 2021-22 and called for their removal.
Discussing the budget at the beginning of the session under the chairmanship of Sadiq Sanjrani, PPP Senator Sherry Rehman said the finances give FBR the power to build on suspicion of wrongdoing.
“This move is worrying and needs to be addressed,” he said, asking why 203A was coming into the budget.
“Why is FBR being given more power?” he said, calling it a “mini karate law”.
He also said that money was being prepared to attack human rights. “This is a problem not only for politicians but also for ordinary people.”
Senate Opposition Leader Yousuf Raza Gilani said such a dangerous thing should not go through the back door with money.
He asked the head of the household to clarify the matter.
PPP Senator Raza Rabbani said the government had changed the Customs Act on financial law.
Rabbani strongly criticized the notion that “trade is included in the definition of smuggling”, saying: “The bill has changed the meaning of smuggling to break the rules and arrest every shopkeeper for failing to show an import certificate.”
He also said that with this change, customer managers will fill every shop of their choice.
The powers vested in FBR will be transformed into the National Accountability Bureau.
Senator Dr Shehzad Waseem said the matter was close to the committee and the bill would be finalized by consolidation.
“The Ministry of Finance (Shaukat Tarin) has assured the Ministry of Justice that the powers will be removed from the restructuring process.”
“There is nothing against the people in the budget,” he said. “If there is such a law in the budget, write it down.”
PML-N filmmaker Azam Nazir Tarar said the change in the economic bill puts traders in jail first and will be heard later.
Criticizing the budget, he said of the billions in the budget, only Rs12 billion had been set aside for farming.
He said in this budget, a new tax of Rs337 billion has been set while sugar prices are expected to rise by 5-6.
Tarar said an additional $ 1,200 billion is approved.
“The current government has not laid a single brick with a debt of Rs 15,000 billion, while in three years, 10.5 million Pakistanis have fallen into poverty.
Law Minister Farogh Naseem said the government would provide a better budget for the people. “If the budget is the enemy of the people, then why do business rooms across the country call it a good budget.”
He added that in the newspapers, business executives had responded positively.
“Politics has its place, but if anyone opposes any part of the budget, tell them the right point.”
It is alleged that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan will not work “but thank God the government existed and this did not happen”.
An order to restructure the 2017 general election passed by Parliament was passed in the lower house of parliament which was referred to the relevant committee by the chairperson of the Senate.
The Senate session was adjourned until 10 a.m. Friday.