Pakistan

Federal budget 2019-20 termed as enemy of the people: Shehbaz Sharif

LAHORE: The Federal Budget 2019-20 was termed as an “enemy of the people” and vowed to “try our best not to let it pass” by the opposition leader in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif, on Monday.

The president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Sharif was also heading and addressing the joint parliamentary meeting of the party. Leaders of the allied parties were also present during the discussion.

The sources informed that many different matters including the political and economic conditions of Pakistan as well as a plan of action for the protest campaign of the Opposition. A strategy was also contemplated to deal with the Federal Budget 2019-20 being passed in the Parliament.

The former chief minister of Punjab, Sharif addressed to the meeting in which termed the Federal Budget 2019-20 as the “enemy of the people” and added that they would come with full force to not let it pass.

Sharif said that it is the first time in the parliamentary history that an incumbent government itself was not letting a review of the budget start and added that it was a deliberate plan.

After the Maryam-Bilawal meeting, the joint notification was issued shortly in which it was mentioned that the two “agreed that all aspects of life in the country are on a downtrend.

The notification stated “Country is being pushed into deep quicksand of economic deterioration and all economic indicators pointing to an extreme crisis.”

After meeting the PML-N VP on the same day, the boss of PPP had said that a movement would be started by him on June 23 from Nawabshah where a rally will be carry on in commemoration of the birthday of late former prime minister along with his mother, Benazir Bhutto.

The PPP chief had said that “We won’t let the Parliament pass the ‘enemy of the people’ budget.”

He noted that “The PTIMF budget is the enemy of the people,” referring to a portmanteau of the abbreviations of the ruling International Monetary Fund (IMF) and PTI, which had earlier confirmed agreement of a staff level on a bailout package for a period of three years which was worth $6 billion on May 12 to support economic reforms of Pakistan.

He had said “We will also get in touch with the parties that have formed alliances with the government,” adding that he along with his allies would talk to the people, go house-to-house and even door-to-door, and out on the streets.

Bilawal had noted that he would follow up about the Opposition parties’ All Parties Conference (APC) with Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman.

He said “We have already given a chance to the [incumbent] government and we are giving them another one now,” adding that he hoped that Maryam would “join us with her honesty”.

He had vowed that “We, the young leaders, including Maryam and I and others, are going to play a lengthy political innings.”

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