Govt, opposition continue to be at odds during Senate session
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The blame game between the government and the opposition continued on Thursday in the Senate as the upper house continued debate on the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Recently-appointed Minister for Information Shibli Faraz said the government has “always taken all provinces on board while taking decisions.
Responding to former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s earlier criticism of the government, Faraz asked the opposition to appraise the government regarding their “parallel strategy”.
“Does the opposition have their own strategy?” the minister asked. “Do they want a curfew to be imposed? Why did they not participate in the session when they called it?”
Faraz told the opposition to answer the questions rather than claiming to be a “political victim”.
The information minister also said the federal government had provided every province with personal protective equipment (PPE) to tackle the virus and added that the federal government wants to facilitate daily wagers affected by the pandemic on a top priority.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced a relief package for the daily wagers despite the country having limited resources.”
PTI Senator Mohsin Aziz claimed that the reason behind fewer coronavirus cases in Pakistan is due to the current government’s strategy.
“The government’s efforts should be appreciated,” Aziz said. “Pakistan is dealing with the pandemic with limited resources. Even developed countries are helpless in the wake of the deadly virus.”
He said that the opposition had called a special Senate session to insult the government rather than giving suggestions on how to deal with the health crisis.
Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Senator Mohammad Usman Khan Kakar said conspiracies against the 18th Amendment have been going on for a “long time”.
“The government is unhappy as the people [provinces] were being empowered, the 18th Amendment gave the provinces equal powers in some areas,” the senator said.