The National Assembly on Tuesday adjourned after observing the disturbance and rumpus due to Murad Saeed’s out of agenda speech against the Sharif Family and top leadership of PPP. As a matter of protest, the opposition members rising on their seats however the Deputy Speaker Qasim Soori not only gave the floor to the Communication Minister, Murad Saeed but also warned the opposition to settle down otherwise he would adjourn the session.
The National Assembly session started on Monday; where the opposition parties had planned to begin serious discussion with the government for taking decisions on major significant issues currently prevailing in the country. Above all, two important points to be discussed were the price hike and the unexpected rise in the petroleum levy.
On Sunday, an agenda consisting of 23 points for the Mondays’ session had been issued by the National Assembly Secretariat. Points included in the agenda were the introduction of four government bills as well as tabling of a Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019. All five bills were planned to be passed thereon.
“Opposition is concerned about the poor people in the society”, says Naveed Qamar
Syed Naveed Qamar Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) MNA from Hyderabad, when contacted, told the reporters that a debate on price hike was made in the previous session of the assembly. “The opposition is planning to raise the same issue in the upcoming session. Opposition is concerned about the poor people in the society. People are very much affected by the price hike and the government has failed to perform in this regard and not providing any relief”, said Naveed.
He had further added that the opposition was also planning to seek a response from government over the increase in the petroleum levy rate (106 percent being there).
Opposition parties in their statements have blasted over the government on the same issues. All parties are being concerned and working on debate to being delivered in the session.
On the other hand, Shahbaz Sharif – the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and president of PML-N strongly “condemned” the government regarding the rise in the Petroleum Development Levy. He also demanded that a parliamentary investigation should be conducted for the said matter. He called this increased surcharge as ““an organized plan for stealing billions of rupees from the nation”.
“Government transferred less relief to the people in terms of Petrol price reduction”, says Shehbaz Sharif
Mr. Sharif was talking to the reporters from London. He also highlighted the matter of current price reduction in the diesel prices. He claimed that the government had reduced the per litre price of diesel by Rs. 5 only while OGRA (Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority) recommended that the price reduction should be Rs. 12.40 per litre. The difference is high and should be investigated whether it is negligence or a planned action.
He commented, ”The current levy i.e. Rs. 25 on diesel, on petrol more than Rs. 19 is brutal and unacceptable and will have a destructive impact on the industry. Moreover the levy on kerosene has been increased by 105.5 percent. Such unexpectedly high charges are brutal and cannot be accepted”
Talking about the government side preparations about the aforesaid matters, Speaker Asad Qaiser had called for a meeting with the House Business Advisory Committee to have discussion about the agenda of assembly session before the start of session.