ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman on Wednesday revealed that the current government had no option other than presenting the upcoming budget on the terms of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Terming it an IMF budget while talking to the general debate on the Federal budget 2022-23, she said that it was all due to the bad economic policies made by the PTI government. She mentioned that the PTI government had tied the nation with the IMF and had led the country towards a default. She added that the PTI still wanted to create anarchy in the country.
Ms Rehman further said that the country was speedily going on a slippery slope during the previous regime and the coalition government was established through the no-confidence movement just to apply brakes otherwise Pakistan would have been pushed into a default situation just like Sri Lanka.
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She added that despite knowing the fact that they would have to pay a heavy political price, the current coalition parties took the step with heavy heart just to save the country from default. She claimed that they did not want to put burden on masses however it was necessary to take some more difficult decisions in days to come.
Sherry Rehman mentioned that the PTI government not only tied the new government to the worst IMF agreement but also violated it and pushed the country towards financial crisis. She recalled that the PTI raised the slogan of ending corruption after coming to the power but unfortunately Pakistan now ranked 140th from its previous position of 117th in the Transparency International Corruption index. She added that the PTI spent the IMF loans on unsustainable porgrammes.
Ms Rehman mentioned that in order to break the debt trap, they would have to take some more tough decision which might increase people’s burden in the upcoming days. She admitted that over the last 70 years almost every government availed the IMF programme but the focus was always on putting minimum burden on the common man’s shoulders.
Absence of concerned ministers from the budget debate shows that they are more interested in local government election campaign, GDA Saira Bano remarked
The National Assembly also witnessed a walk out by the Opposition Leader Raja Riaz Ahmed due to the absence of ministers and treasury members from the proceedings. He was accompanied by another PTI dissident member from Multan Ahmed Hussain Deharr. However both of them came back to attend the session on request of PPP lawmakers Abdul Qadir Patel and Agha Rafiullah who were sent by the Deputy Speaker Zahid Durrani to convince the protesting lawmakers.
Earlier, PML-N lawmaker Sheikh Rohale Asghar had pointed out the absence of ministers; mentioning that it was nothing but a display of lack of interest by the concerned persons. Rohale Asghar was backed up by other Assembly members as at that time just two ministers were sitting in the lower house of parliament with other benches laying empty.
The lawmaker from the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) also recorded her protest over the absence of the treasury members, claiming that instead of attending the assembly sessions, the honorable members were more interested in visiting constituencies for local government election campaign.