MPs slam an inadequate response to the crisis; the treasury bench defended relief measures to deal with the pandemic
MPs slam an inadequate response to the crisis; the treasury bench defended relief measures to deal with the pandemic. PHOTO: APP / FILE
ISLAMABAD: Opposition in the National Assembly experienced a field day on Thursday, as several lawmakers from the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and other parties shot leaflets onto the treasury bench because of the coronavirus pandemic, locust attack and lack of gasoline.
Responding to the speeches of loud opposition members, relevant ministers and advisers defended government policy, namely some of the crises facing the country. They slammed the opposition, saying that the glass saw half empty.
The house debated the coronavirus pandemic, fuel shortages, locust attacks, privatization of the Pakistan Steel Plant (PSM), the Karachi plane crash, and the overall economic situation of the country. The opposition described the government’s steps to overcome this inadequate crisis.
Starting the discussion, Ayesha Ghous Pasha said that a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the coronavirus went out of control was very disturbing. He said that the economic impact of the pandemic had not been discussed so far.
Referring to the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) on Wednesday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, Pasha said that the forum set a target of economic growth next year of 2.1%. “On what basis do you predict the 2.1% growth rate when the world [economy] What is a contract? ” she says.
“There is negative growth this year. You pull wool into people’s eyes. The budget made is not real, I give you black and white that we will not be able to achieve this target [upcoming] the budget. “
Kishwar Zahra said that Karachi was in pain. He criticized the Prime Minister for not visiting the city after the May 22 crash on a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight in a residential area. “How long will the injustice with the people of Karachi continue?”
Qadir Patel raised the problem of the sugar and flour crisis. He said people had lost their trust in the government. “There is an increase in drug prices by 400%. “The sugar scandal has emerged but the impact of locust attacks is not yet known, while gasoline supplies are drying up,” he said.
Finance department member Aliya Hamza said that the opposition criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan who could not do anything after the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic but that they had to change lenses to see the government’s aid program, which won praise globally.
Khawaja Asif said that on March 17, the prime minister said that a coronavirus was flu and would come and go. on March 18, he said that the country was unable to lock in. In April, he said there were an estimated 50,000 virus patients, but the number was only 15,000.
Then he said that the elite wanted lockdown, Asif continued. On June 4, he [Imran] said that he knew that locking loosening would spread coronavirus. Then the prime minister said that if the coronavirus was not taken seriously, it would be dangerous, Asif added.
“Please, please tell me the meaning of this statement. There are 3 million people affected in Lahore alone. We did not meet the right conditions, but the lock was revoked, “he answered. “Pakistan is moving towards becoming the country most affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” he added.
Speaking about the privatization of PSM, Khawaja Asif told the house that the opposition had no objections to the privatization committee member, except for the name of the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Foreign Pakistan, Zulfi Bukhari.
Turning to the overall performance of the government, now in its second year in office, Asif suggested the ruling party to compare their performance with the previous PML-N government. “Today, gasoline is looking for buyers all over the world but buyers in our country are desperately looking for gasoline.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Dr. Noshin Hamid replied that Pakistan was in a position to make its own N95 mask. He said that the country had improved facilities for a variety of Covid-19 patients. “We have reached a capacity of 46,000 tests every day.”
Mufti Abdul Shakoor said that the coronavirus pandemic is a health problem, therefore, medical experts must have a final decision on this issue. He demanded incentives for educational institutions. “We have closed all religious schools.”
Food Security Minister Syed Fakhar Imam said that Balochistan was the worst affected by this year’s locust attack in Pakistan in such an amount that damage could be reduced as much as last year. He added that corrective actions had been taken throughout the country.
Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali PML-N and PPP took turns in government many times but they could not fix the steel mill problem. He added that every time the government came, it was said that the treasury was empty. “And even in 2020, the situation is the same.”
Mohsin Dawar said that the tribal areas had once again suffered from targeted killings. “Once again the wave of terrorism has increased. I want to tell everyone that terrorism has risen again and this time, it will be more difficult than in the past, “he said.
Babar Awan, when responding to points raised by the opposition, said that he agreed with Khawaja Asif that there should be no politics regarding the coronavirus pandemic. He assured that the privatization of PSM, PIA and other utilities would be transparent and in accordance with the law.
Turning to the sugar scandal, he asked the opposition about who made the sugar commission. “This is a credit to Prime Minister Imran Khan. The commission was made despite threats against the government, because big names are included in the sugar mafia.
He said that the prime minister had directed the immediate implementation of the Conflict of Interest Act. He assured the house that he would talk to the prime minister to resolve the problems facing the madrasa.
Regarding government assistance measures after the spread of coronavirus, he pointed out that Pakistan is one of the fortunate countries where the food chain survives. “I want to draw the attention of the DPR to the glass half full,” he said.
Speaking of tribal districts, he warned that those who had a delusion about the state in the state in these areas, had to get rid of this false notion. The districts that are merged now are equivalent to settled K-P districts such as Mardan and Peshawar, he added.
MQM MP Iqbal Muhammad Ali left the meeting because he could not speak during the session. The National Assembly session was postponed until 4 pm Friday.
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