Opposition demands details of IMF talks presented in parliament

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Ijaz Khan

Islamabad

The opposition benches in the upper house parliament Friday demanded to present the details of the bailout package negotiations between government and the delegation of IMF in the parliament.

During the Senate session of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Sherry Rehman said that the common man was already worried from the price hike and the increase in tariff of electricity and gas has added the problems of people.

Government should inform the parliament that at what conditions government was taking loans from IMF, Senator Rehman added. She said that government has no policy to resolve the problems of the country.

Rehman said, “The government is refusing to explain the terms of loans it is seeking from several international lenders and is providing no plan for buffering the poor and vulnerable from the aftershocks of their policies that is hitting them now.”

“The most pressing issue at the moment is the economic deficit the country is facing. There are many people whose stoves are not burning due to the alarming inflation in the country which is nearing double digits. The working class continues to suffer as they try to make ends meet. There appears to be no subsidy or relief package for them,” the senator continued.

Criticising the government’s failure to deliver, she said, “This government came in on the back of big promises, but it is clear they have no intention of doing anything but talking about media optics of austerity like leaving big government houses while quietly living in them”.

“They are willing to make appearances on television shows but do not want to be answerable to the Parliament. They need to shake off this nonchalant approach to governance. Why is no relevant minister ever bothered with parliamentary answers but has so much time for television shows?” Rehman asked.

Rehman concluded her speech by saying, “What has this government done apart from its continued witch hunt? All the tall claims of security savings and breaking begging bowls are not manifested in the decisions made by this government since it came into power”.

Jamaat Islami (JI) Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan asked the government that what steps were being taken for the release of Aafia Siddiqui, the entire nation was very hopeful for her safe return to the country.

Senator Mir Kabeer Shahi said that foreign fishing trawlers carry out illegal fishing near coastal areas of Balochistan and take heavy quantity of fish with them. If government would not take any action on the matter, then a time would come that no fish would be available near Pakistani coasts, the senator warned. He alleged that all the business of illicit fishing were being carried out in connivance with the officials of fisheries department.

He said that under the prime minister’s scholarship scheme, students from Balochistan were given admission in the Army Burn Hall College Abbottabad, but now they were being expelled out from the educational institution due to lack of funds. The senator urged PM Imran Khan to take immediate notice to save the future of the students.

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