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Opposition lawmakers ‘attack’ Balochistan Assembly ahead of budget

Three people injured

SAMAA | and - Posted: Jun 18, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
Posted: Jun 18, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 months ago

The opposition lawmakers in Quetta attacked the Balochistan Assembly ahead of the annual budget session.

They blocked the gate of the assembly and stopped anyone from entering which led to a delay in the session. The Quetta deputy commissioner requested them to call of their protest but they refused to budge. 

The police had to intervene after the lawmakers hurled stones and bottles at the treasury members in an attempt to stop them from entering the assembly.

Police officials were seen escorting Chief Minister Jamal Kamal Alyani and other ministers to the building after the supporters of the opposition parties clashed with the ruling party supporters. Someone even hurled a shoe and bottle at the CM. 

Police personnel baton-chargeed the crowd to disperse it. Three opposition members were injured.  

Sanaullah Baloch, a member of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), denied that his party supporters attacked the Balochistan chief minister.

Balochistan presents Rs584b budget 

Finance Minister Zahoor Ahmed Buledi presented a budget of Rs584 billion in the provincial assembly after a delay of two hours. The session was chaired by Speaker Abdul Quddus Bizenjo.

The budget deficit, when expenditures exceed revenue, has been estimated at Rs84.7 billion.

The government has earmarked

Finance Minister Zahoor Bulendi Rs237 billion for development, and
Rs 346 billion for other expenditures.

It plans on spending Rs71 billion on education, Rs38 billion on health, and Rs52 on peace and security.

The speaker has adjourned the session till June 21.

'Budget is unconstitutional'

MPA Sanaullah Baloch, a member of the opposition, remarked that this budget is not for the people. "Just look at the number of armoured vehicles that were parked outside the assembly today."

He remarked that the government threatened to kill us for protesting and raising our voice. This budget is illegal and unconstitutional, he remarked.


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