Opposition parties on Sunday rejected the federal government’s budget for the new fiscal year, lambasting the ruling PTI for being unable to provide people with relief during the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement made during a press conference in Islamabad comes ahead of Monday’s crucial voting in the National Assembly to pass the federal budget.
Speaking alongside PML-N’s Khawaja Asif and Jamaat-i-Islami’s (JI) Mian Aslam, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said the united opposition has rejected the government’s budget and has issued a joint statement in this regard.
The PPP, PML-N, JI, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, Qaumi Watan Party and some of our independent friends in the National Assembly have rejected this budget, he said.
“This budget has united the people against the government.
We had thought that the budget would help protect the people’s economic rights. Instead of doing that, it has added to their burden.
The PPP chairman added that the government’s unexpected decision to increase the prices of all petroleum products by up to nearly Rs. 26, was an “excellent example of this government’s hypocrisy”.
The entire nation, including all opposition parties, is united against the budget 2000-21 which was recently presented by the PTI-led government, said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.
Speaking alongside Bilawal, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Khawaja Asif said that PM Imran has become an national liability for the country and getting rid of him is the need of the hour. “The more he PM remains in power the more damage he will cause to the country,” he said, adding that all opposition parties will fight the government at all forums.
The PML-N leader reiterated that only fresh elections can resolve the crises of the country. “This Covid-19 pandemic has shattered all hopes for the revival of economy which was already in tatters.
Representing the PML-N, Khawaja Asif reiterated that instead of providing people some relief during this difficult time, the government had added to people’s difficulties.