Winding up discussion on Budget 2017-18 in the National Assembly, Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar has reportedly told the National Assembly that as many as 75 recommendations forwarded by the Senate were fully or partially accepted for incorporation in the budget 2017-18.
The Minister also reportedly said the Senate had forwarded 276 proposals for incorporation in the budget, out of which 147 were related to Public Sector Development Programme, which had been sent to Planning Division with comments to have favourable consideration on these proposals. Out of the remaining 129, as many as 75 have been accepted fully or partially or at least in principle, the minister also told the house.
The minister made it clear that all the political parties participated in the budget as they were having representation in the senate and presented their viewpoints.
Whatever the minister said does contribute towards strengthening institutions and promoting democratic culture as the government, according to him, entertained or considered a large number of budget recommendations for incorporation in Budget 2017-18. The question, however, is: Why did the Opposition parties still choose to boycott minister’s speech? Isn’t the Senate dominated by opposition parties? It is needless to say that in democracy, opposition has a great role to play.