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Imran to skip budget session as opposition readies for protest

ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has decided not to attend today’s session of the National Assembly where the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government will present its sixth consecutive budget for the fiscal year 2018-19.

According to details, the PTI chief has tasked senior party leaders to register a strong protest against the government for presenting a full-year budget despite its tenure coming to a close in a few weeks.

All major opposition parties, including the PPP and PTI, have announced to lodge a strong protest during the presentation of the federal budget.

The government’s decision to present a full-year budget in the closing weeks of its tenure and approaching elections have attracted strong reaction from the opposition, which has termed it illegal and unconstitutional.

The parties demanded that the government should present a budget only for four months, arguing that it is the right of the next government which would come into power to present the budget after general elections.

The opposition parties are likely to get into huddle moments earlier the presentation of the budget to finalize mode of their protest.

The National Assembly has been summoned to meet on Friday, at 4:30 pm for presentation of the federal budget, official notification said. However, the time could be extended a bit in view of the government’s pre-budget meeting and completion of quorum of the House.

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