PTI promised 10 million jobs and 50 million houses: Shehbaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said that 220 million people have elected MNAs of both sides of aisle for their representation but what happened in last few days in National Assembly, sent a very bad image of Pakistan internationally.

During his address at National Assembly, Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif said that economic situation of the public has deteriorated after massive taxes by the government in last three years. The proposed budget will further increase poverty and inflation in the country, he added.

Shehbaz Sharif further said that when PML-N left government in 2018, GDP was at 5.8 percent  but when PTI came into power, GDP fell to 2.1 percent in 2019 and economy performed worst in the next year since after 1952.

Government policies have forced the laborers to choose between food and paying school fees of their children or buy clothes. Salaries of government employees also decreased in real terms and many of them are now even below the poverty line, he added.

Shehbaz said that instead of solving issues such as food inflation, the PTI government had spent the time "taking revenge from the opposition". He said nobody was saying that accountability should not happen but "fairness should be the benchmark" for it.

Opposition Leader said that PTI promised 10 million jobs and 5 million homes but in reality instead of providing jobs, government took away employment of over 5 million people, increasing the unemployment rate to record 15 percent in the country. 

Shehbaz claimed that posh housing projects had also been included in government housing schemes aimed at poor people. "What is bigger fudging and deception than this?" he questioned.

Seven MNAs banned for ‘disorderly’ conduct allowed back in NA

Speaker of National Assembly Asad Qaiser on Thursday lifted a ban on seven MNAs who were barred from entering the House over ‘disorderly’ conduct.

The staff and security of the National Assembly have been informed about the decision of the Speaker. Seven Members of National Assembly were barred from entering the parliament over ‘grossly disorderly’ conduct.

According to the order, on 14th and 15th June, during the speech of the Leader of the Opposition on budget 2021-22, the conduct of the seven lawmakers was grossly disorderly as they violated the rules and despite repeated directions, they interrupted proceedings of the House.

The lawmakers include Ali Gohar Khan, Chaudhry Hamid Hameed, Sheikh Rohale Asghar, Faheem Khan, Abdul Majeed Khan, Ali Nawaz Awan and Syed Agha Rafiullah.

It merits mention that the decision came after the National Assembly turned into a battleground on Tuesday as the opposition and treasury members scuffled with each other and threw budget documents and books when the latter continued their noisy protest to disrupt Shehbaz’s budget speech for a second consecutive day.