Vawda and Ab­basi trade barbs in NA

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

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

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