The government is all set to get its Finance (Supplementary) Bill 2021 approved from National Assembly today (Thursday) to ensure its sixth review of the $6 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF) is cleared by the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) executive board, paving the way for the disbursement of about $1bn tranche.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has called a meeting of the parliamentary groups of parties included in the ruling alliance ahead of the crucial session to supercharge the efforts to counter the opposition’s resistance and steer the bill into law. The meeting of the parliamentary group of the ruling alliance will be held at 2pm in the Parliament House. Prime Minister Khan will be in the chair.
It is learnt that senior leadership of the PTI has also approached the leaders of the coalition parties to muster enough support to put the legislation on the floor for approval. In addition, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan have also arrived in the federal capital and hosted separate dinners for the lawmakers of their respective provinces.
The government lawmakers finalised a strategy to score a tactical victory against the opposition seeking to beat back the bill during the NA session.
THE OPPOSITION: Meanwhile, the opposition has also formulated a strategy to mount pressure on the government inside as well as outside the National Assembly to block the finance bill.
It is learnt that Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and other opposition leaders will address the protest rally.
The opposition has directed the workers to gather in front of the parliament in order to ramp up the heat to fiercely oppose the mini budget.