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NA passes Finance Bill amid opposition’s walkout

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Published: June 23, 2015 06:09 pm

National assembly Parliament Files

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly passed the Finance Bill 2015 amid opposition’s walkout, providing legal cover to the budgetary proposals for the next financial year 2015-16.

The House adopted a number of amendments proposed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Senators and MNAs during the general discussion. The new budget has a total outlay of Rs. 4.313 trillion and the target for GDP growth rate for the next fiscal year has been kept at 5.5 %.

After the passage of the Finance Bill, 2015, Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar spoke for 17 minutes. The House also approved 110 supplementary demands for grants and appropriations for the year 2014-15 while the Finance Minister expressed his views for six minutes.

The sitting started 37 minutes behind the schedule with 57 members (17%) present at the start and 103 (30%) at the time of adjournment. The Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif did not attend the sitting, while the Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah was present for 76 minutes.

Parliamentary leaders of PkMAP, AMLP, QWP, ANP, JI, MQM, PML, PML-F, JUI-F and APML were present while nine minority members attended the proceedings.

The sitting suspended for 93 minutes when the entire opposition walked out of the House protesting over the energy crisis and ignoring their cut motions. An Independent lawmaker Jamshed Dasti tore the copy of agenda to lodge protest over worsening energy crisis in the country.

Tabled by State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab, the House passed a motion to suspend the routine business during the next sitting and discuss the ongoing energy crisis.

The lawmakers raised fourteen points of order that consumed 80 minutes of the sitting. The entire opposition walked out of the House at 1157 hours against the energy crisis and ignoring their cut motions. They did not return to the House until the adjournment of the sitting.

The next sitting will be held on Wednesday.

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