Chaos breaks out in Pakistan Parliament over Imran Khan govt's budget proposals, session adjourned
The Pakistan National Assembly witnessed some unruly scenes on Tuesday over Imran Khan government's budget proposals. During the sitting of the House, members of the treasury benches created chaos on the floor and even abused other parliamentarians, according to a video of the incident. The proceedings of the lower house were adjourned by the Speaker after the incident.
The chaos broke out when Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif addressed the House.
According to the video, which is now going viral, Sharif was greeted by jeers, slogans and whistles from the treasury members as soon as he started speaking.
"Imran Khan Niazi promised 10 million jobs. Where are those jobs?" asked Sharif. "Where are the USD 300bn that was supposed to be brought back to the country from abroad?"
Continuing to lash out at the government, he said that PM Imran Khan's claims of eliminating corruption from Pakistan were hollow.
"Pakistan is suffering from the worst form of corruption today," he said. "No act of posting or transferring someone these days is done without an element of corruption these days," added Shahbaz.
He criticised the government's budget, saying that it had failed to provide relief to the masses from unemployment and inflation, Geo News reported citing the video.
The lawmakers were then seen fighting on the floor of the House and throwing copies of the budget.
After this, the proceedings of the House were adjourned for the day. "The Sitting of the National Assembly has been adjourned to meet again on Wednesday, the 16th June, 2021 at 2:00 p.m," National Assembly of Pakistan wrote in a tweet.
The budget was presented by Pakistan finance minister Shaukat Tarin earlier this week.