The Senate resumed discussion on budget proposals for the next year.

Taking part in the debate, Karim Ahmad Khawaja said that it is the first time in the country's history that the agriculture sector witnessed negative growth during the current fiscal year.       

Muzaffar Hussain Shah said the Upper House should protect the interests of the provinces.

Sitara Ayaz said marginalized segments of society have been totally ignored in the budget.

Taj Afridi appreciated the government's steps towards eliminating the menace of terrorism.

M Hamza expressed the confidence that the measures announced in the budget will help improve the lot of the common man.

Khalida Parveen said the government should firm up a strategy to cope with the natural disasters.

Mir Kabir in his remarks said the 4.7 percent growth rate depicts that the economy has been put on the right track.

Khanzada Khan said terrorism has inflicted the most damages to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and it should be fully compensated.

Ashok Kumar said that small and medium dams should be constructed in Balochistan to bring the barren land under cultivation in the province.

Muhammad Javed Abbasi rejected the opposition's criticism on the budgetary proposals saying the growth rate of 4.7 percent is the highest in the last eight years.

Gianchand said equal development should be carried out in all parts of the country. He said imposition of new taxes in the budget will multiple the woes of common man.

Earlier, responding to a calling attention notice moved by Taj Haider and others, Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said that three more LNG Terminals are being constructed while one have been completed at Port Qasim. He clarified that no LNG terminal is being constructed on Bundal Island in Karachi.

The Chair referred the matter of the construction of LNG terminals to the Standing Committee on Climate Change.

The House will now meet on Monday at 11:30 a.m.

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