Punjab Assembly’s Budget Session Postponed Till Wednesday

Punjab Assembly’s Budget Session Postponed Till Wednesday
Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervez Elahi on Tuesday called off the budget session for a day while Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman convened a session of the House at Aiwan-e-Iqbal on Wednesday.

Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervez Elahi started the session today for some time before postponing it till Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Punjab governor summoned the session of the assembly at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal on Wednesday.

A day ago, the session for budget 2022-23 was postponed till Tuesday after exchange of heated arguments between Pervaiz Elahi and ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmakers.

When the session began at 8:09pm after hours of delay on Monday, PTI lawmakers protested the presence of PML-N's Attaullah Tarar, who is not an elected member.

On this, the speaker said: "You (Tarar) should go from here. If you do not go then there will be no presenting of budget and no budget speech."

He later called in sergeant-at-arms and asked them to escort Tarar out. However, the PML-N members resisted and did not allow the sergeant-at-arms to abide the speaker's orders.

Elahi, then, postponed the session for 10 minutes and ordered the removal of Tarar from the house.

After the break, the session resumed but the finance bill could not be presented.

The Monday’s session was started after hours of delay due to the deadlock between the ruling PML-N and the opposition as the latter had demanded that the secretary and IG Punjab must apologise over the "illegal" criminal cases made against PTI lawmakers while the former had not agreed to the demands.

The PML-N had adopted a stance that a thorough investigation will be held on the cases against the provincial lawmakers to ascertain the facts and said that no agreement will be signed with the opposition without the probe against the lawmakers.

Last month, the Punjab police had registered a total of 42 criminal cases against PTI leaders and workers for alleged agitation during the party’s long march to Islamabad.

On Friday, an anti-terrorism court in Lahore had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the PTI leaders at the request of Shahdara police station under charges of damaging public property, torturing police officials, and creating chaos.

Later, PTI leaders, including Shafqat Mahmood, Hammad Azhar, Dr Yasmeen Rashid, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, Ijaz Chaudhary, Zubair Niazi, Nadeem Abbas Bara and others, had reached the court and gotten pre-arrest bails till June 17.