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NA passes Rs 5.9 trillion budget, amid opposition reservations

ISLAMABAD (APP) – Notwithstanding reservations by the opposition benches on the passage of budget for whole year, the National Assembly on Friday passed Finance Bill 2018-19 with certain amendments, providing legal cover to budgetary proposals for the upcoming budget.

The house adopted a number of amendments to the bill proposed by Finance Minister Dr. Miftah Ismail, senators and members National Assembly during the debate on Rs5.932 trillion consolidated budget for FY2018-19.

Finance Minister, Dr. Miftah Ismail moved the amendments proposed to the finance bill by the treasury benches in the House that passed the bill with a majority vote in a clause-by-clause reading.

Thanking all the members of the house on passage of the budget, the minister said that the journey which the incumbent government started five years before, no doubt, was difficult but due the vision of former prime minister, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pakistan has been put on sustainable growth path.

“This journey towards economic development will continue and we will take forward the country towards new avenues of progress and prosperity,” the minister said and expressed gratitude for people of the country, saying that we would also fulfill promises made to them.

The minister thanked the Speaker, members of the national assembly and senate who played very positive role during the presentation of the budget. He also thanked the staff of finance ministry, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and all other relevant departments for their untiring efforts in preparation of the budget.

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