Pakistan

Opposition boycotts NA session

ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers of opposition parties Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) boycotted the National Assembly session against the government’s plans to privatize profitable state institutions, ARY News reports on Friday.

PPP, JI and ANP lawmakers attended the session of the lower house, chaired by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, while wearing black armbands.

People’s Party MNA Shazia Marri said that her party condemns the arrest of Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDCL) employees and said that the government will not be allowed to privatize the institution.

ANP National Assembly member Ghulam Ahmad Balour said that OGDCL will not be allowed to privatize.

State Minister Shaikh Aftab, during the session of NA, said that the opposition parties are frightened of the government’s performance.

Water and Power State Minister Abid Sher Ali said that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected the audit report of overbilling of electricity. He added that a new report will be presented to the premier.

Ali blamed the PPP government of buying faulty electricity metres during its tenure.

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