The National Assembly has passed a resolution extending the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 for a further period of 120 days with effect from the 25th of this month.

The resolution was moved by Minister for Defence Khwaja Muhammad Asif in the House this evening. He pointed out that the original resolution was unanimously adopted by the House.

Earlier, National Assembly resumed debate on the budget for next financial year in Islamabad .

Ghous Bux Mahar called for reduction in duration of load shedding and demanded duty on import of solar panels to promote solar energy in the country.                 

Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan demanded supply of gas to all district headquarters in Balochistan and conversion of tube wells to solar power.          

Lal Chand criticised withdrawal of subsidy on electricity, and called for further increase in the salaries of government employees.        

Shakeela Luqman said the government has presented a balanced budget despite huge losses to the economy due to terrorism.          

Aliya Kamran called for supply of uninterrupted and cheap energy and improvement of law and order situation to attract investment.

Imran Zafar Leghari was of the view the government has not been able to deliver on the promises it made to the masses during elections.

Kiran Haider termed the budget poor friendly and appreciated steps announced for promotion of agriculture and industry.

Nasir Iqbal Bosal said the country's economy can be strengthened by promoting agriculture and resolving problems being faced by farmers.

The National Assembly also offered fateha for Shuhada of Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Sajida Begum proposed that funds of BISP should be spent on establishment of small industries in different parts of the country to provide employment opportunities to people at their door steps.

Jamshed Dasti criticized the budget and said it does not safeguard the interest of the poor.

Sher Akbar Khan described the budget as imbalanced and said it would not succeed in addressing ills of the economy.

Mujahid Ali Khan believed that it was a routine budget as real issues of the poor have not been addressed.

The House will now meet Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

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