Vawda and Abbasi trade barbs in NA
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly session on Wednesday witnessed a heated debate among lawmakers from the treasury and the opposition benches who traded accusations on each other over bad governance.
It all started when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lawmaker and Federal Minister for Water Resources, Faisal Vawda, blamed the previous government for water theft; however he refrained from naming any individual.
He said the country incurred losses of billions of rupees because of widespread water theft.
As soon he winded up his speech, former premier, and member of Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stood up and reacted strongly asking the government to form committee to probe allegations, instead of hurling accusations.
"Don't call us thief, if you say so I will respond to you in the same tone," said the PML-N leader. "Those who came to power through election 'theft' are now using the same word for everyone as a cover-up", alleged Abbasi.
Speaking after the remarks of Abbasi, Faisal Vawda said former PM Abbasi never fell short of spinning words. "I respect him…but what I said is the truth that water pilfering was unearthed during the previous government's tenure. And you are directly involved in it," he claimed, adding that the former PM Abbasi directed closure of telemeters on just verbal orders.
The federal minister wrapped up his speech stating: "If you commit a non-parliamentary act, then you will be dealt in a similar manner…and we will prove this with our action. - NNI