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Resolution To Probe Alleged Rigging In GE Presented In NA

 Islamabad (September 18, 2018): A resolution was presented in the National Assembly on Tuesday for the formation of an investigative commission to probe rigging allegations during the July 25 polls.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi presented the resolution which is being currently discussed by parliamentary members.

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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Shazia Marri took to the floor and recommended that the leader of the opposition in NA should chair the commission to ensure transparency.

Syed Naveed Qamar demanded that the head of this committee should be from the opposition.

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khurram Dastgir echoed similar sentiments and demanded that leader of the opposition in NA be made head of the commission.

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In response, FM Qureshi said, “We do not want to keep anything hidden. It is the opposition’s right to protest and their reservations have been registered.”

Asking the leader of the opposition in NA to present his viewpoint, Qureshi said, “Transparent elections are essential for democracy.” Further, he assured that the commission will be empowered.

“We have to move forward despite our differences,” he asserted.Information MInister Fawad Chaudhry Speaks in A SessionMinister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said the committee is being constituted on the special directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan which shows his graciousness.

He said Imran Khan had demanded the opening of only four constituencies in the wake of 2013 general elections but the PTI had to protest for it for four years.

The Information Minister said that the government has accepted the demand of the opposition for the constitution of the committee.

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NA Speaker Asad Qaiser is chairing the session which is attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, federal cabinet members and leaders of opposition parties.

The government is expected to present the “mini-budget” after it was approved by the federal cabinet earlier today.Federal Cabinet Approves Finance Bill It is expected that new taxes, including super tax, worth Rs158 billion will be levied.

The development budget will be reduced by Rs450 billion and recommendations in this regard are in their final phase, sources said.

Sources further said, “The amendments in Finance Act 2018 should bring down the budget deficit from 6.6 per cent to 5 per cent.”

For the budget deficit to be decreased, it is necessary that expenditure is brought down from Rs608 billion which is why new taxes are being levied and development budget is reduced, sources added.The budget also includes recommendations to lower the income tax exemption slab. The exemption limit will be lowered to Rs0.8 million per year from the existing Rs1.2million per year, sources said.

Further, the tax exemption slab for other incomes will also be changed accordingly.

Earlier on September 12, it was revealed that federal government will present mini-budget.

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Earlier on May 18, the National Assembly passed the Finance Bill 2018 giving legal cover to the budgetary proposals for the next financial year.

A number of proposals given by members during the debate on the budget and recommendations of the Senate were incorporated either fully or partially but the basic structure of the budget remained as announced by Finance Minister on 27th of last month.

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The new budget, which is for full year, envisages incentives and relief for industry, agriculture and different segments of the society.

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