ISLAMABAD: News Pakistan Muslim League-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has dismissed allegations that his party’s walkout in the Senate on Friday during the voice vote on two taxation bills amounted to supporting the government, declaring that his party would vote against the bills in the National Assembly.
Speaking on Saturday at a news conference, along with opposition leader in the Senate Wasim Sajjad, Mr Hussain said it was the PML-N and “some other parties” that had supported the government in getting the recommendations passed.
He said the PML-N should not disown the bills now because Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had signed them in the Council of Common Interests.
Another PML-N leader, Ishaq Dar, had given suggestions to the government in the house committee and did not reject the bills in his speech in the Senate on Friday, the PML-Q chief added.
Mr Hussain said whatever had happened in the Senate was ‘politics’, asserting that not taking part in the voting did not mean “stabbing in the back” (as alleged by PML-N leaders). although several ‘knives’ were around.
He said his party had no prior understanding with the PML-N, but the Muttahida Qaumi Movement had promised to stage a walkout against the bills, but it did not.