PML-N's Awais Leghari flays PTI-led Punjab govt over provincial budget.


LAHORE -- PML-N leader Awais Leghari on Tuesday slammed the Punjab government over the Rs2.24-trillion budget announced a day prior, saying the provincial economy had crash-landed and terming the allocated budget as unjust.

Addressing a press conference here in Lahore, the PML-N lawmaker said Punjab's economy - which stood at Rs1.8 trillion - had crash-landed and that the provincial government wished to transfer funds to its federal counterpart by showing a surplus in the budget.

There was a risk of at least a million people becoming unemployed, Leghari warned, adding that the Punjab government's budget had no mention of water or agriculture.

He criticised the PTI-led government of Punjab further, asking why there was a need to allocated Rs4 billion to combat the locust attacks when only Rs1 billion was required.

"Injustice is being done to Punjab through this budget," he remarked. "All large and small markets are closed due to the corona [virus] pandemic so why do they need any concession?

"Funds have been set aside for women's empowerment in four regions; do women from other regions not deserve [the same]," Leghari asked, adding that those who...

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