Lawmakers in National Assembly blame PTI govt for mishandling country’s economy

ISLAMABAD - Expressing their resolve to deal with the mismanagement in the country by PTI government, the lawmakers from the treasury benches in Tuesday’s National Assembly session blamed the previous government for poorly handling the economic and other important matters with its bad governance.

The MNAs from government benches, paying gratitude to the President for addressing the joint sitting of the Parliament, were hopeful about the newly-formed coalition government to serve the country in better manners.

“I am hopeful this coalition government has the capacity to deal with the economic challenges and other matters,” said PML-N’s senior lawmaker Rohail Asghar taking part in the discussion. Giving reference of PTI lawmakers, he said the parliamentarians should avoid name-calling the party leadership in their speeches. He said that the newly-formed government should perform best in the remaining one and half years.

PML-N’s Ali Gohar Baloch, on his turn, said that the PTI government had a fake mandate so they could not survive. “The previous government had no capacity to deliver but to create the mess,” he said, criticising the former Speaker of National Assembly Asad Qaiser for bulldozing the important bills.

Jamaat-e-Islami MNA Maulana Akbar Chitrali, on point of order, said that the incumbent government should forward release demand for Aafia Siddiqui. “This government should make arrangements for Afia Siddiqui on priority basis,” said MNA from Chitral.

A large number of lawmakers raised concerns over the agriculture sector in the country. They were of the view that agriculture sector of the country should not be ignored. PML-N’s MNA Rana Muhammad Ishaq demanded of the government to give farmers agricultural inputs.

Say they were hopeful about newly-formed coalition govt to serve country in better way

Controversy of PTI’s resigned MNAs’ leave applications

He said agriculture is the backbone of the economy and 70 per cent of Pakistan’s population is directly or indirectly linked to this sector. He said subsidies should be given to farmers on fertilizers and electricity for tube wells.

Another MNA from the opposition benches PTI’s dissident member Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla said agricultural loans of farmers of Thal area should be waived off.

PPP-P’s lawmaker Mahar Irshad Ahmed Khan Sial said the availability of fertilizers at affordable prices should be ensured and the irrigation department should be directed to release water in canals to facilitate the farmers of Muzaffargarh district and surrounding areas. Whereas, the BNP-Mengal leader Shehnaz Baloch in his speech emphasized on addressing issues and problems being faced by the people of Balochistan.

Leave application of resigned PTI’s MNAs 

The leave applications of some resigned PTI MNAs created confusion about their current status. With the onset of the proceedings, the chair granted leave to some PTI MNAs on their leave applications. The member from the treasury benches claimed that all the 123 PTI lawmakers had not tendered resignations as some of them had even submitted leave applications.

When contacted, PTI resigned MNA Riaz Fatiyana said that all the 123 PTI’s MNAs had submitted their resignations in the National Assembly Secretariat. “The leave application readout and approved by the chair [Speaker National Assembly] would be old. It was submitted by his staff before resignation from the house,” he clarified.