ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday traded barbs in the National Assembly.
Bilawal Zardari said that Prime Minister Imran Khan should ask the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to tap Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s phone as he might be conspiring against him, for he conspired against the then prime minister, belonging to Pakistan Peoples Party, Yousaf Raza Gillani by lobbying all over the world to support him as PM against Gillani.
He said the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) did not know Qureshi as much as he knew because he had been made finance minister by his party. “Khan Saab will get to know his reality. It will take some time to him,” he said.
On the other hand, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that he knew Bilawal since he was too young. “You hand over written pieces of papers to the child, who gets switched on automatically. You will need some time (my) child (to grow up),” he said.
The foreign minister PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari spoke about respecting the parliamentary procedures but under which parliamentary traditions, the opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly was not allowed to make a speech on the provincial government’s budget and the opposition there was deprived of the chairmanship of public accounts committee.
Earlier, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the proceedings of the house should be conducted in accordance with the rules. He said the budget was linked with the lives of the people. He, however, said the procedures were not followed in the passage of the budget a day ago.
Responding to the concerns raised by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other opposition members, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said the house passed the finance bill 2021 as per the rules and procedures.
He said 244 members from opposition and treasury benches participated in the general discussion on the budget. He said the record time of almost 93 hours was given to the budget which shows seriousness of the members of parliament towards parliamentary oversight and their constitutional responsibility in this regard.
Responding to the points of the opposition members in the National Assembly on Wednesday, he said important leaders of the opposition parties will be taken into confidence with regards to recent developments in Afghanistan and the national security. He said that opposition parties were also invited to the foreign office where they were briefed about Pakistan’s viewpoint on the Afghan situation.