Rumpus erupts in NA over Omar Ayub’s ’10 percent’ comment

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser on Wednesday adjourned the session of the house until tomorrow, following the chaos created by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) over Energy Minister Omar Ayub’s ‘Mr 10 percent’ comment.

During his speech in NA, Omar Ayub Khan criticised Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) saying that there was an extraordinary price hike during the PPP tenure.

The PPP reacted strongly over the Ayub’s remarks and surrounded him. PPP lawmaker Agha Rafiullah and Omar Ayub Khan engaged in a verbal clash and Rafiullah tried to hit Omar Ayub Khan.

However, Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar and Science Technology minister Fawad Chaudhry stepped in immediately and controlled the situation.

While addressing the House, Omar Ayub criticized the opposition parties for presenting their stance without proper arguments. “We were waiting for some practical suggestions from the opposition members but found nothing sensible in their speeches,” he added. The minister said that the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has struggled a lot to overcome the economic crisis.

The NA speaker Asad Qaiser then adjourned the House proceedings until tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, Finance advisor Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, addressing on the floor of the National Assembly, said Pakistan was on the verge of default due to current account deficit and other economic indicators when PTI government came into power. He termed the root cause of the problems being faced by the country, nowadays, is the loan of Rs30000 billion.

He said country’s foreign exchange reserves saw a massive fall due to wrong economic policies of the PML-N. The adviser said the value of the dollar was maintained artificially, which also affected our exports.