Senate Session: Rigging allegations in KP LG polls are genuine: Pirzada
Responding to a call attention notice moved by the ANP leaders, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada said that concerns expressed by the political parties on the massive rigging and irregularities in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's local government elections are genuine. He said the Election Commission of Pakistan made all necessary arrangements for the transparent conduct of the elections but the provincial government failed to fulfil its responsibility especially with regards to maintenance of law and order. He said that the Election Commission had asked the provincial government to hold the local bodies elections in phases but the provincial government opted to hold the elections on one day. He said that according to the Election Commission of Pakistan report, the security apparatus on the polling day was very thin and police personnel were not able to control the situation.
Later, the House resumed discussion on the Finance Bill 2015-16.
Taking part in the debate Najma Hameed proposed the government to enhance the salaries of government employees by ten percent. This step will provide necessary relief to the common man. She appreciated the government for not imposing any new tax in the budget saying this will help keep the inflation level low.
Ilyas Ahmad Bilour lauded the government for announcing five-year tax holiday for industries in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. This package will not only promote industries in the province but also create many job opportunities. He was confident that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will help turn around the country's economy.
Sehar Kamran said the essential commodities have gone beyond the reach of common man because of their high prices. She said 7.5 percent increase in salaries is not sufficient to cater to the basic needs of government employees. She proposed that the salaries should be increased by 15 percent while minimum wage should be fixed keeping in view the inflation rate. She said equal development should be carried out in all parts of the country. She said the country's faced with security and defence challenges and more resources should be allocated for strengthening the capacity of security forces.
Talha Mahmood regretted the government has failed to achieve its economic targets. He said such policies should be introduced which could bring more people into the tax net. He said emphasis should be made on the promotion of industries in order to alleviate unemployment. Industrialization will help the country achieve development goals. He said that Overseas Pakistanis are contributing greatly to the national economy by sending their remittances. He said the government should give special facilities to them in order to further enhance the foreign remittances.