Budget 2012-2013: Govt ignored people’s need, says Chaudhry Nisar

Friday, June 1st, 2012 8:00:10 by

ISLAMABAD: Calling the current government a gambler who has lost everything, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the government has become ‘deaf and dumb’ towards the needs of the people of Pakistan.

Speaking outside the National Assembly after the budget speech, where the Opposition was unrelenting in its protests, and sloganeering against the government, Nisar said that while the measure was not only unusual but unpleasant, but it represented the voice of people across Pakistan who do not have access to even basic necessities.

“Zardari and his team are always travelling abroad whenever Pakistan is going through rough times,” he said, pointing that the the executives were either visiting France or England when Pakistan was facing the floods.

He added that corruption has reached its peak during the last four years and the people in power are busy looting the country.

The leader of the opposition also said that despite failing to meet any of its targets from the last year’s budget, the government has shamelessly presented a new one. “When some people fail, they put their hand up and admit their failure, but this government just does not want to let go of their seats,” Nisar lamented.

Accepting that the nature of the protest by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was inappropriate, Nisar said that the government called for it.

“Since they [PPP-led government] have failed to pay heed to the ongoing protests by frustrated Pakistanis, we decided to take their voice to the assembly,” Nisar said, adding that the “assembly was run in a democratic manner for the last four years but not anymore.”

He said that the Speaker National Assembly, which his party had defended more in the Assembly than her own Pakistan Peoples Party, said that after the presentation of the budget, even she would have to answer for it.

He vowed that the opposition will make themselves heard in the “ear of the government, in their mind, and make them aware of the public’s plight.”

Nisar said that PML-N will perform it’s democratic role but will also register its protest during future sessions, and in the streets.

‘Missed targets for 4th time’

PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal rejecting the budget, said that the government has deceived the people. “The government has missed all its targets by a huge margin for the last four years,” he said.

“The finance minister has himself admitted to the government’s failure,” he added.

Calling four years a long time, Iqbal said that government could have changed the country entirely if they wanted to.

‘Govt should increase investment’

Commenting on the budget, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar said that petroleum levy should be abolished altogether.

A coalition partner of the ruling PPP, the MQM leader said that in order to revive the economy and stabilise the country, government should focus on increasing investment opportunities.

“Increased investment will increase employment opportunities,” he opined.

Sattar requested the government to start an “investment support programme along with the income support programme.”

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