Maryam Aurangzeb calls PM ‘selected’ in NA despite warning

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Aurangzeb on Monday called the Prime Minister Imran Khan ‘selected’ in the National Assembly despite being warned not to use the term by the Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri.

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Suri interrupted Aurangzeb when she alleged that the government had come into power after being “selected”. He reiterated that he had advised against using the term on Sunday as well because “every member has come to the parliament after being elected”.

Aurangzeb maintained that she had not used the word for the premier and later chose to refer to the incumbent government as “handpicked” instead of selected.

Addressing the budget session in the National Assembly, the PML-N leader said that the budget for FY2019-20 was a formula for “crushing the salaried class of Pakistan, destroying the small investor and snatching the morsel out of the common man’s mouth”.

Referring to the premier as the “TV star prime minister”, Aurangzeb said the PM after coming into power had first addressed the nation through television, instead of on the parliament’s floor. He addressed the nation twice in the last 10 days, Aurangzeb recalled.

She alleged, “in the first address, he was standing atop the container and targeted the opposition; in the second address, he was still on the container and targeted this country’s investors and traders.”

The PML-N spokesperson further alleged that the prime minister in his first address had threatened the opposition with “NAB 2” and in the second he “took out his frustration over his failed amnesty [scheme] before the investors”.

Aurangzeb asked, “what bigger proof could there be of an incompetent, ineligible, experienced and failed government that the country’s prime minister has resorted to issuing threats?”

Aurangzeb reiterated that the premier had, before assuming office, promised the nation that he would not take the country to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), would turn the economy around, turn the governor house into a museum and sell assets of Prime Minister House to benefit the treasury.

Referring to the PM’s habit of personally driving foreign dignitaries visiting Pakistan, Aurangzeb said, “The [person] who sold these dreams has today merely become the driver of Uber company and demands five stars on every ride.”

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