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Pakistan splitting governance on party lines

20 4 9


In a democracy anywhere in the world, dates set aside for debate and approval of the annual Budget are considered sacrosanct and both ruling and opposition parties look forward to expressing their views on the government’s most important policy document. Something unprecedented however, happened in the largest Provincial Assembly of Pakistan right on the day of the annual Budget presentation: The speaker didn’t allow the budget to be presented for two consecutive days.

The wrangling between the Speaker and the opposition on one side and the ruling party on the other continued for about 6 hours on the appointed day for budget presentation earlier this month. The key point of contention was the insistence of the Speaker and the Opposition that the two top bureaucrats of the province should come before the house and apologise for the alleged excesses committed during an opposition protest march about 3 weeks earlier. That night, the budget could not be presented and the Speaker adjourned the sitting at around 11 pm to meet again at 1 pm the next day. A dubious history was made!

The sitting on the next day was........

© Arab News Pakistan

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