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Second Finance Bill Could Not Be Debated Amidst Opposition Protest

ISLAMABAD: The opposition members raised protest by tearing up the inflated gas bills in today’s session of National Assembly.

The opposition leaders gathered in front of the speaker’s dais and demanded to issue production order of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique.

The opposition created disturbance while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and Communication Minister Murad Saeed addressed the session, and walked out later.

Murad Saeed regretted the posture of the opposition parties in the House. He said Pakistan is currently facing many challenges with India resorting to threatening tone against the country.

He said the time warrants that all the parties rise above their differences and give a message of unity. He said all the parties should stand together for the country.

Murad continued that the increase in gas and electricity prices is also the result of the flawed policies of the previous governments which left behind a circular debt of 1200 billion rupees.

He said Pakistan’s image is improving under the leadership of Imran Khan. Pakistan prisoners in Saudi Arabia are also returning to the country due to the efforts of Imran Khan, he added.

Minister for Inter provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza said the opposition members have infringed the sanctity of the House by surrounding the dais of the speaker. She said those claiming themselves to be proponents of democratic norms should respect the office of the speaker.

Fehmida Mirza said the process of accountability will go ahead and the democratic system and the parliament will also function.

Let it be known that the opposition had Thursday also raised a protest against the arrest of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani by National Accountability Bureau (NAB), and the session was then adjourned till Friday (today).