PML-N’s budget drama – They have succeeded in failing us


On June 3, 2011, the fourth budget of the current government was presented in the National Assembly by Finance Minister, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. The main opposition party, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s members raised slogans throughout the speech of the Finance Minister which at times made the impact of the speech diluted. The budget speech like every year is a very brief extract of what is to be expected for the next fiscal i.e. expected income, expected expenses and strategy of plugging the gaps. After the speech ends, the real parliamentary work begins. The Finance Bill is laid to the house for discussion and for the next 3 weeks or so, delibration takes place on the various heads of the budget.

The last three budget speeches were non-events for those who are excited at the thought of shouts and the famous headline “Aiwan Machhli Bazar Ban Gaya” or “The house resonated like a fish market”. I am not going to talk about the budget but the return of political immaturity by the main opposition party, PML-N.

As soon as the Finance Minister rose to begin his speech, a very vocal opposition party began a worst kind of demonstration. Apparently, some women members gave the Finance Minister a set of “bangles” while the educated and well suited Ahsan Iqbal, presented a roti to the Finance Minister. To be very honest, what they were planning to achieve from their antics is not known, but for sure, PML-N’s acts were an indication of their interest to go back to the 1990’s. 1990’s are considered the lost years of Pakistan’s democracy when both the PPP and PML-N would regularly demonstrate in the National Assembly to make the place the proverbial fish market.

On top of that, Pakistan’s answer to Mr. Bean, the leader of opposition, Chaudhry Nisar, without even reading the budget documents or hearing the budget speech chose to play to the galleries saying “The Finance Minister’s speech was a drama. The budget has been prepared on the directions of the IMF!”. Now what in the world does that mean? Those who are creating a scene in the house calling a speech a drama???

With all due respect, the insensibility of PML-N has been exposed yet again and just goes to confirm that post approval of the budget, PML-N will make a lot of problems for the sitting government. From July till February next year, they will leave no stone unturned to try that the PPP government goes so that it can be stopped from taking over the Senate for next six years.

Is this what we call “people’s politics”? It was the finest example of personal interest for their own survival. Shame on the PML-N

On a lighter note, Chaudhry Nisar should at least be happy that import duty on Shampoos has been reduced. That is what he needs!


79 responses to “PML-N’s budget drama – They have succeeded in failing us”

  1. I am saddened to hear that they were raising the slogan “Zardari kay zabtay hum nahee mantay” followed by “Dakoo kay zabtay hum nahee mantay” followed by “Dakoo raaj namanzoor”. The PML-N was calling the president a “Dakoo”? If yes, then why did the PML-N chief visit to see the “Dakoo” and condole his father’s death just a day earlier?!!! Mindless. Jahil.

  2. At least now they are using the parliament bro, its like first you get the kid to sit at the dinner table and then you teach him the manners. I just hope that PPP doesn’t reciprocate in the same manner in Punjab assembly.

  3. One wonders when Mian Nawaz Sharif will see through the shenanigans of Chaudhry Nisar. This man got him into troubled waters in 1998 by suggesting Musharraf over others to be made COAS and then even played a role in the Kargil fiasco. This man will get Mian Nawaz Sharif into even more difficult waters. He is mindless without doubt.
    BTW, I request Ch. Nisar to get hair transplant instead of this hideous wig. It’s not so expensive anymore

  4. The truth is that a noora kushti is going on between PPP/PMLN on one side and Judiciary/PPP on the other side
    within the parametres of another noora kushti between so called Establishment(Generals)/PPP to fool the poor people of Pakistan.
    the realities are :

    1. Generals are still the masters of the country.These
    Corporate Generals have literally taken over the
    country resulting in the damaging and destroying all
    the institutions.
    2.PPP Govt.has been working within the parametres set by
    the Generals.Even the 2008 elections were engineered to
    bring their puppets to the government. 37million bogus
    votes?????????????????????
    3.PMLN and ANP is given a free hand to plunder the
    national and provincial wealth within the parametres set
    between the politicalparties.
    4. Damn-u-cracy is practiced and prevailing in the country
    biggest proof of which is the local bodies setup
    destroyed for good, because it does not suit PPP,PMLN,
    ANP etc……
    5.PPP PMLN ANP, have only one agenda one target, to make
    more and more money……… top brass of the these
    parties have already made billions and billions most of
    which is invested outside the country.
    6.Supreme court is trying and trying and trying cases to
    give more and more time to PPP, ANP and PMN to complete
    their term as well as to achieve their agenda of making
    at least one thousand billion for PPP, five to seven
    hundred billion for PMLN and three to five hundred
    billion for ANP………………

    continued……………..

  5. Nawaz League is corrupt party itself. Nawaz Sharif and his brother is a biggest “DACOO”. If somebody thinks these two are leaders, that person should read that “Mafi
    Nama”, which they had given to PERVAIZ MUSHARAF. I am sorry MR. NAWAZ SHARIF you cannot be PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN again. Please go back to SAUDIA ARABIA and take care of business.

  6. بجٹ سوائے سر کے درد کے ہوتا کیا ہے۔
    آج یہ ڈرامے مسلم لیگ والے کر رہے ہیں کل یہی کچھ پی پی پی والے کریں گے اور پرسوں ساتھ بیٹھے ہوں گے۔ یہ جمہورہت اسیے ہی گندے جراثیم پیدا کرسکتی ہے۔

  7. In a bizarre show of derangement in the National Assembly on Friday, ages-old democratic norms and parliamentary traditions were conveniently put into the dustbin. During the budget speech of Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) started protest theatrics with unprecedented disregard for parliamentary norms. This disregard, however, was not a maiden venture for the same august hall that has been witness to un-parliamentary ruckuses many a time, especially in the 1990s. As soon as the session opened on Friday, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, a senior member of the PML-N, the biggest opposition party in the National Assembly, stood up to speak before the finance minister. Khawaja Muhammad Asif has been in the Assembly for the fourth time, in addition to an earlier term in the Senate from 1991-93. It is very difficult to believe that such an experienced parliamentarian would not know the clearly laid out rules of the House, which do not permit any business on the day of the budget speech. Insisting on something that is not permitted under the rules and then protesting on this pretext is something that has been going unchecked for quite some time in Pakistan’s parliament. Part of it might be due to the unfamiliarity of our media with the Rules of Business and Procedures, but it is largely due to our general propensity to go with the rhetoric if it suits us.

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