PM directs party MNAs to ensure presence during budget passing

Published on – May 16, 2018 – 5:56 pm
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a parliamentary party meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) today.


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a parliamentary party meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) today.

Sources said the PM took PML-N lawmakers into confidence over the developments after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement on the Mumbai attacks, which was played up the Indian media stirring a controversy in the country.

Moreover, the PM also issued party guidelines during the meeting to ensure the presence of PML-N MNAs when the budget will be tabled in the assembly.

During the assembly session on Friday, the finance minister could not make his budget speech as the session was adjourned due to the low number of lawmakers.

Sources also said the PM took party members into confidence over the government’s plan to table a constitutional amendment to merge the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Earlier in the day, the PM hosted a breakfast for the members of the National Assembly, which was boycotted by leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Peoples Party.

Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed also skipped the breakfast.

However, members from Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F) attended the event.

The present government’s tenure is expected to end on May 31 while the National Assembly, currently in sessions, will end its last session in the coming days.