- Opposition and treasury benches protest.
- Session was to start at scheduled at 2pm.
- Finance bill still not presented.
LAHORE: The budget for the fiscal year 2022-23 could not be presented in the Punjab Assembly Monday after hours of delay as the Opposition and the treasury benches continued protesting against each other, according to Geo News.
The budget session was scheduled to begin at 2pm but started after several hours of delay. Once it started, the Opposition benches protested the presence of Punjab government spokesperson Attaullah Tarar in the assembly, as he is not a member.
Following the Opposition’s protest, Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi demanded the house’s guards escort Tarar out of the assembly and adjourned the session for 10 minutes.
Elahi — who lost the contest for the chief minister’s slot last month against Hamza Shahbaz — said that if Tarar was not out of the building within 10 minutes, he would adjourn the session till tomorrow.
After the break, the session resumed with Elahi in the chair, while Tarar exited the assembly in “protest”.
Amid all the drama, the finance bill could not be presented.
“We will not let the budget be presented till [Chief Minister] Hamza Shahbaz is present in the house, while the inspector-general and chief secretary are sitting in the gallery,” the Opposition said.