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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

PPP on Budget, Camel Torture, and Grid Takeovers

PPP leaders criticized the PML-N for allegedly preparing the budget unilaterally without consulting them.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Central Information Secretary Shazia Marri stated on Friday that her party is not pressuring the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), currently in power, over the federal budget.

 

Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb presented the budget for the next fiscal year, beginning July 1, earlier this month. The PPP, a key ally of the PML-N, raised strong objections to the proposals. PPP leaders criticized the PML-N for allegedly preparing the budget unilaterally without consulting them.

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With public differences and time running out, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari met in Islamabad to discuss the budget. Sources told Geo News that Bhutto-Zardari expressed concerns but assured the prime minister of PPP’s support to pass the budget, while PM Shehbaz promised to address the party’s reservations.

Speaking on Geo News’ program “Geo Pakistan,” Marri emphasized that the PPP is not blackmailing anyone but is respectfully conveying its concerns over the federal budget. She noted that negotiations will continue, although the recent talks between the PPP chief and the prime minister did not yield substantial results.

PM’s Adviser on Political Affairs Rana Sanaullah described the meeting as held in a “pleasant environment,” with discussions covering all government-related matters. He mentioned that two committees have been formed to resolve issues through mutual understanding. Sanaullah highlighted that while the PPP has not taken any ministries, it remains an important part of the government.

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Camel Torture Incident: Six Arrested, Animal Undergoes Treatment

Marri also addressed a tragic incident involving the torture of a camel, revealing that six people have been arrested. The camel, involved in a land dispute, was tortured by its owner and employees, who cut its leg with a sharp tool. The camel has been moved to Karachi for treatment, which will last at least two months, and will receive an artificial leg.

Grid Station Takeovers Challenge State Authority

Sanaullah also discussed the ongoing loadshedding crisis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, attributing it to electricity theft and low bill payments. He condemned the recent takeover of another grid station as a challenge to the state’s authority. His comments followed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Zulfiqar Khan’s actions of forcibly restoring power supply to 17 feeders in Nowshera, leading to legal action initiated by Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) against the politician. Similar incidents have occurred in Mardan, Charsadda, Tank, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, and Peshawar.