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Punjab, Sindh Assemblies debate budgets

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Published: June 19, 2015 05:26 pm

Sindh Assembly - Parliament Files

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab and Sindh Assemblies on Friday debated the budgets in their respective Houses and consumed most of the time in discussing the annual financial statements.

Finance Minister Ayesha Ghaus Pasha concluded debate on the provincial budget 2015-2016 in Punjab Assembly amid low attendance of lawmakers. She took 13 minutes to wind up the debate while 17 lawmakers, including 14 from PML-N and three from PTI took part in the general discussion for 78 % (103 minutes) of the proceedings’ time.

The House continued to witness low attendance of lawmakers with only 15 members (4%) present at the start and maximum 106 (29%) at the adjournment of sitting. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the Opposition Leader Mian Mehmud ur Rashid did not attend the proceedings while none of the parliamentary leaders was present.

Meanwhile, the Sindh Assembly continued debate on the Provincial Budget 2015-16, as eleven lawmakers took part in it. The sitting started 56 minutes behind the schedule with 22 members (13%) present at the start and 41 (24%) at the time of adjournment. Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah did not attend the sitting while the Opposition Leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan was present.

Eleven lawmakers – four belonging to PPPP, three MQM,  two PML-F and one each to PML-N and PTI – spoke on the budget that took up  85% (156 minutes) of the proceedings’ time.

MQM lawmakers attended the sitting by wearing black bands on their arms while terming the budget anti-poor. Three points of order were also raised during the sitting.

The next sitting of Punjab Assembly will be held on Monday (June 22) while that of Sindh Assembly on Saturday (June 20).

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