ISLAMABAD: The government announced on Thursday that the National Assembly (NA) will meet on January 10 to approve the Finance Supplementary Bill 2021, often known as the mini-budget.
Barrister Babar Awan, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Parliamentary Affairs Advisor, told the media in Islamabad that a summary had been sent to summon the NA session on January 10 at 4 p.m. During the session, proposals on the Senate’s Finance Act Amendment Bill will be tabled.
“For the betterment of the nation and the common man, the government will not allow the process of legislation to be stopped,” Awan said, adding that laws cannot be passed through chanting slogans.
The PM’s aid was referring to the ruckus created in the NA session held on the mini-budget the past week. As the proceedings started, despite the absence of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, opposition members tore copies of the agenda and surrounded the speaker’s dais.
The minister further stated that the government will not stop the process of legislation due to the commotion made by the Opposition. “The door is open for negotiations on legislation,” said Awan.
Earlier on January 4, the treasury benches struggled to continue the Senate session amid strong noisy protests and frequent walkouts by the opposition lawmakers, forcing the chair to postpone the proceedings until Friday amid lack of quorum.
During the sitting, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin tabled the Finance Amendment Bill, which was referred to the relevant standing committee. The chair directed the committee to present its report to the house within three days.
Speaking on the Finance Amendment Bill 2021, PPP Senator Raza Rabbani criticised “the mini-budget”. He said that the people wanted to know what decisions were being taken at the behest of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the US.