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Imran blasts opposition for NA walkouts


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Prime Minister Imran Khan has criticized the opposition parties’ partial boycott of the National Assembly proceedings and termed it a pressure tactic to evade graft cases.

Khan took to Twitter on Tuesday to give vent to his anger at the opposition’s walkout from the National Assembly on Monday. “In a Parliament that costs taxpayers billions yearly, yet another walkout in NA by the Opposition shows that this is the only function they intend to perform,” he wrote.

The opposition had walked out of the NA session on Monday as soon as PTI’s Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda started speaking. Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif told the NA Speaker that he did not want to listen to the foul language and walked out, followed by all opposition parties.

Commenting on the ongoing ‘propaganda’ against his government, the premier said no civilized and responsible society allowed propagation of unfounded and fabricated news.

“These are pressure tactics to seek an NRO & evade accountability for corruption in NAB cases not initiated by PTI,” the PM said.

The opposition’s walkout came after the speeches by Sharif and PPP co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari. While Shahbaz questioned the award of Mohmand Dam’s construction contract to a company owned by Adviser to PM Khan on Commerce Razak Dawood, Zardari demanded that NAB chief should come and answer questions before the parliament.

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“Does democracy mean immunity from the corruption of democratically elected political leaders? It seems for them being elected is a license to plunder the country,” Khan said in another tweet on the issue.

Meanwhile, PM Khan says his government is carrying out structural reforms in the system and this process will continue despite ‘fabricated propaganda’ against his government. Chairing a meeting of the heads of different departments of the information ministry on Monday, the PM said the government efforts are aimed at the betterment of the country and its citizens.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has criticized the opposition parties’ partial boycott of the National Assembly proceedings and termed it a pressure tactic to evade graft cases.

“The process of bringing structural reforms is always a painful phase in a nation’s history, but countries are ushered into a new and more prosperous era on its completion,” Khan said at the meeting.

Commenting on the ongoing ‘propaganda’ against his government, the premier said no civilized and responsible society allowed propagation of unfounded and fabricated news. He said coordination with the media will be increased to discourage fake news, and directed the information ministry to project government’s reforms agenda and its objectives.

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In a separate meeting chaired by the PM, an inter-ministerial committee comprising representatives of the ministries concerned and the Naval Headquarters was formed to come up with proposed reforms in the maritime sector.

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