MABAD - The National Assembly (NA) Friday continued debate on federal budget 2011-12, in which the treasury kept defending it while the opposition voicing against its features in their speeches.
Apart from focusing on budgetary features in the debate, some of PML-N lawmakers vociferously slammed the law and order situation and back-to-back terrorism incidents in the country. Members of the same party were also seen bashing army in the lower house.
Participating in the debate, Minister for Textile Industries Makhdom Shahabud Din termed the criticism from opposition side on the budget illogical. It was dubbed as IMF budget, which was nothing except point-scoring, he said. He argued that what was wrong if IMF called for reduction in budget deficit or asked to bring down inflation. IMF has been politicised like Kala Bagh Dam, he observed. Minister also drew a line between budget of a housewife and a countrys budget saying the governments approach was different on it. He said the government determined the expenditures and raised funds accordingly and that called resource mobilisation.
While, Tehmina Daultana from PML-N apart from speaking on budgetary resources criticised the armed forces. Waving a press release issued by ISPR, she responded to it. After October 12, 1999, Temina said, the army had tried to buy the PML-N leaders but it was conveyed that these were not people who could buy. Our people were thrown out of country and even small children were not spared, she mentioned. Army has said they who criticised them were traitors, she said adding that, we are not traitors as our forefather liberated Pakistan. We are not afraid to die and taking our coffins along with us for the sake of country, she said adding that our leader was also on a mission to save our country. I was told that everything has a price, tell us yours. I told them I was not in need of any thing, she said. General Pasha, Tehmina said, if you were a human being you must have retired .One incident is following by other incident and no accountability was made even after Abbotabad incident and Karachi incident, she added.
She was of the view that Army is an institution like PIA, election commission, Supreme Court and other.
Speaking on budgetary features, she said that price of wheat bag was touching Rs 500 as it was Rs 100 in 1999. It was really hard to for poor to manage in only Rs6000, she added. She said instead of imposing General Sales Tax the government should increase direct tax collection.
MNA Bahadar Khan Seeher said that in such a circumstance when the country has suffered floods, terrorism and increase in petrol price this budget was as best.
He was of the view that it would be not more than unjust to entail taxes on agriculture. He also asked for abolishing GST on agricultural equipments, and lifting custom duty on tractors upto 35 horse-power.
MNA Sheeren Arshad also spoke other than the budgetary features in her speech, as she questioned that for how much time we would be tight lipped on drone attacks, Mehran Base incident and other such incidents. MNA Birjees Tahir strongly slammed for not fixing the responsibility on Kharotabad incident, Kargil and other. He also raised question about worsening law and order situation in the country.
MNA Yasmeen Rehman said that there was a need for partnership with private sector as it would create more opportunities.
In his speech, MNA Owais Leghari said that there was need to improve health, human resource, education and law & order in the country. He castigated the leakage of power in the country. He said that GDP remained less then 2 percent and growth rate could not hit the target as set by the government and stood at 2.6 per cent.