Opposition moves cut motions as NA accepts grant demands

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday accepted numerous Demands of Grants and rejected cut motions moved by the opposition through voice voting during the budget session.

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Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar had presented Demands of Grants for various institutions, divisions and ministries.

A disturbance erupted in the assembly after Leader of Opposition in the NA Shehbaz Sharif called Prime Minister Imran Khan a “selected prime minister” while criticising the latest rise of inflation. However, NA speaker Asad Qaiser obliterated the words from the proceedings but the opposition leader used them again criticising the government over the recent record-setting deflation of rupee against the dollar.

In whole, the House rejected 323 cut motions and accepted Demands of Grants worth Rs227.15 billion and Rs25.62bn presented by the Power Division and the Petroleum Division respectively.

The assembly, however, approved the defence budget worth Rs1.163 trillion without any obstacle as the opposition didn’t move any cut motion against the demand.

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