The House offered Fateha for twelve Kashmiri youths martyred by Indian occupied forces in Kashmir. The House also offered Fateha for the people killed in Malakand incident.

Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf has said that central Ruet-e-Hilal committee always takes decisions regarding sighting of moon with consensus.

Responding to a point of order raised by Sajid Nawaz, he said central Ruet-e-Hilal comprising twenty-three members has representation from all parts of the country and sects and always respects opinion from diverse quarters.

The Minister said Mufti Muhammad Shahab ud Din Popalzai is hell bent to stick to two hundred years old traditions of moon sighting instead of following Sharia laws in light of modern technology. He said Muneeb-ur-Rehman is a renowned Islamic scholar and respects opinion of all committee members.

The Opposition staged a walkout from the House for not broadcasting Opposition Leader Syed Khurshid Shah's speech live.

Initiating the debate on Federal Budget 2017-18, PML-N Leader Shaza Fatima Khawaja congratulated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for presenting 5th consecutive budget. She said the consistency of government's policies indicate strengthening of democracy in the country.

She said international financial institutions has appreciated economic policies of the government and predicated that Pakistan will be amongst 20 leading economies of the world in coming years. She said the government going to spend about one trillion rupees in infrastructure sector which will further boost Pakistan's economy. She said substantial amount have been allocated for the welfare and uplift of the poor segments of society under National Health Programme, BISP and Youth Loan programme.

Taking part in the debate, Naeema Kishwar said Pakistan's economy is progressing due to prudent policies of the government. She stressed the need for improvement in social safety net programme to achieve the desired objectives. She said small farmers should be given more incentive to make the agriculture sector productive and vibrant. She also condemned attacks on power grid stations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by certain political elements.

Syed Essa Noori said that Gwadar is facing severe shortage of electricity and clean drinking water. He urged the government to take steps to mitigate the sufferings of the people of Gwadar.

Mahmood Bashir Virk said some elements are trying to hamper country's progress in all spheres. He said there should be no politics on the matters pertaining to Pakistan's economic developmental growth. He called upon all political parties to join forces on a charter of economy.

The House is adjourned to meet again tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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