As per the parliamentary traditions, the Leader of the Opposition initiates the ‘general discussion’ on budgetary proposals. But 123 members of the largest party in this house, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are not present in the House. In their absence, Speaker Parvaiz Ashraf felt forced to ‘recognise’ Raja Riaz as the Opposition Leader. You can thus easily imagine the “tough time”, Raja Riaz might have given to the government through his unnecessarily lengthy speech, faking ‘critical evaluation’ of budgetary proposals. To prevent a huge embarrassment on the first day of ‘general discussion’ on budgetary proposals, Khawaja Asif, the defence minister, rushed to Tanvir.
Source: The Nation June 14, 2022 22:01 UTC