Opp rejects ‘anti-people’ budget

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

Expressing displeasure over what he described as an ‘anti-people’ budget, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday said they would try their best that it does not get passed by the National Assembly.

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

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

He said 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.

The PPP chairman also took to Twitter “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,”

A vice-president of the PML-N Maryam Nawaz berated the “incompetent government” over the proposed “IMF budget” and said: “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.”