Fawad asks Opp to take part in election, judicial reforms


MPs want increase in govt employees’ salaries by 20pc

Ijaz Kakakhel

Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday stressed the need for creation of consensus on electoral reforms proposed by the government, alleging that opposition continued to evade the matter as it could already see itself losing the next elections.

Taking part in the budget debate in national assembly, the minister recalled that the bill for electoral reforms was presented in October last year and proposed 49 amendments to restore the credibility of elections.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Ahsan Iqbal told the House that government’s all attention was focused on filing fake cases against opposition members.

He said that negative thinking does not make countries progress and asked Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry to accept PTI’s failure in government and go home after resigning.

Meanwhile legislators from treasury and opposition benches recommended the government to increase the salaries of government employees from 10 to 20 per cent in the budget. PTI lawmaker, Rahat Amanullah Bhatti stressed the lawmakers to personally lead people welfare projects as this was our responsibility and people has a lot of expectation in our constituencies.

Taking part in budget debate, Mutahida Majlis Amal (MMA) MNA Maulana Jamal ud Din demanded an allocation of funds for the victims of landmines in South Waziristan tribal district Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

MNA Jamal ud Din proposed salaries of government employees should be increased by 20 per cent.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Shazia Atta Marri urged Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser to issue production order of the arrested members, so that they can attend the budget session.

Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan of PML-N urged the government and opposition benches to join hands for further improving agriculture sector in the country.

PTI MNA Noor Alam Khan regretted that no one talking about people welfare and legislators from every party were not ready to listen any criticism on their leaders. He said people were suffering from massive price hike, excessive utility bills and many more.

Fazal Hussain, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, Sana Ullah Masti Khel, Maulana Muhammad Anwar, Nafeesa Inyatullah Khattak, Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazir, Saif ur Rehman, Agha Rafiullah, Usman Taraki, Naz Baloch, Ali Gohar and other also took part in the discussion.

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