Opposition for joint struggle against govt in budget session

Shehbaz says Centre is taking political revenge in name of accountability


Khalid Mehmood May 25, 2021
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ISLAMABAD:

The opposition parties on Monday agreed on a joint struggle against the government in the budget session of parliament and decided to give the Centre a tough time.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif hosted a dinner in honour of the parliamentary leaders at his residence.

The dinner was attended by Pakistan Peoples Party’s Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Yousuf Raza Gillani, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s Ghafoor Haideri, Maulana Saad, Maulana Ataur Rehman and Shahida Akhtar, National Party’s Tahir Bizenjo, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s Asad Mahmood, Awami National Party’s Mir Haider Hoti, PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal and Khawaja Saad Rafique as well as other important leaders.

Addressing the gathering, Shehbaz said, “The economic situation of the country is not good as the government has failed miserably in every field.”

He said, “It is necessary to work together against the incumbent government for the sake of national interest otherwise the people will have to face many difficulties in the budget.

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“Yes, the government should be given a tough time in the budget session. It is taking political revenge in the name of accountability.”

Gillani said the opposition should highlight the failures of the government instead of accusing each other. “The opposition should be united to send the incumbent government packing.”

Asad Mahmood spoke of walking together on the Pakistan Democratic Movement platform, saying that a full-fledged protest movement from its platform needed time.

However, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari did not attend the meeting.

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