Friday, December 14, 2018
PPP Parliamentary leader in Senate Sherry Rehman, speaking in the Senate raised five key questions pertaining to the recent rupee devaluation and Pakistan’s spiralling economy in her calling attention notice.The combined opposition then staged a walkout after the senator’s questions were not adequately answered in the absence of the finance minister.
Sherry Rehman pointed out, “It is rather troubling that the finance minister is readily available for media appearances and has answered more questions in talks shows and press conferences than he ever has in parliament”.
The senator then questioned the government on who is calling the shots on Pakistan’s economy, “If the prime minister did not know about such a huge devaluation and yet the Finance Minister did, then who is in charge and who will take responsibility? Entire livelihoods were wiped out in the crash while they were celebrating their first 100 days in government,” she said.
“If the precipitous devaluation was not part of any IMF precondition to bring the rupee down to non-artificial rate, then why was it done in such a disastrous freefall in two crashes? Either way why was the managed float not graduated down slowly?” asked the former senate opposition leader.
Rehman added, “If the current account deficit will be fixed by this adjustment via a more robust export sector why are all the exporters saying that the crash is too steep and the comparative impact on imports is too high to help our exports?”
The senator also reiterated the importance of transparency. She said, “When a country’s currency crashes so fast in one or two days, then there has to be an inquiry into who traded on the inside and made a fortune, while others lost their businesses and savings. The FIA should share its findings with parliament on which money changer or syndicate profited from the devaluation”.
“We are told the external account is under immense pressure but tell us if billions won’t be added to foreign debt as a result of the whopping exchange rate adjustment? It is the finance minister’s job to answer these five questions in parliament”, she concluded.
The anarchy engulfing her leadership, even before the confidence vote in her Conservative party, lies in stark contrast to her early years in the seaside town of Eastbourne.
She led a relatively quiet upbringing as the only child of a Church of England clergyman. In comparison to many of her Conservative colleagues Mrs May attended state schools rather than the expensive private institutions steeped in history many of her predecessors went to.
Gaining a degree from Oxford fitted more into the tradition of UK leaders, but her subject choice of geography was not the typical breeding grounds for a prime minister even if she then spent six years working for the Bank of England.The early 80’s were marked by tragedy when her father died in a car accident and her mother from multiple sclerosis. Aged 25 and finding her place in the world, she was now an orphan. Mrs May has previously commented she was sorry her parents never saw her elected as a Member of Parliament – but they didn’t even witness her role tenure as a Conservative councillor for the London borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994.
Helping her through the tragedy was her husband Phillip, who she married in 1980 at the age of 23 after meeting at Oxford University, and is often described as her “rock.” Mrs May had an eclectic group of friends whilst studying, including Sir Alan Duncan and Damien Green, who would later become ministers and close allies.
However, it was Benazir Bhutto, the future Pakistani prime minister, who was particularly influential when she introduced Mrs May to Phillip.
In her early parliamentary career, after being elected for the new constituency of Maidenhead in 1997, one her most notable roles was as the first female chairman of the Conservative’s. She famously urged the party to change, uttering the words: “You know what people call us? The Nasty Party.”
When David Cameron became prime minister in 2010, he immediately made Mrs May home secretary become the fourth women to hold one of the British great offices of state. Arguably her biggest test was the 2011 summer riots, when a London man was shot dead by police, sparking country-wide chaos that mirror the state of UK politics.
کی جاگیر‘‘ کے طور پر نہیں چلایا جا سکتا۔شہباز کو چیئرمین پی اے سی بنانا خوش آئند ہے، ترجمان پی پی نے کہا کہ اپنے نفع نقصان کیلئے نہیں، جمہوریت کیلئےفیصلہ کیا،حکومت کےاپوزیشن لیڈر کوپبلک اکاؤنٹس کمیٹی کا چیئرمین مقرر کرنے پرآمادہ ہونےپر اپنے ردعمل میں چیئرمین پی پی پی بلاول بھٹو نے سماجی رابطوں کی ویب سائٹ پر جاری کردہ ایک پیغام میں کہا ہے کہ سمجھداری کا مظاہرہ خوش آئند ہے، بالآخر 4 ماہ بعد حکومت قائد حزب اختلاف کو پبلک اکاؤنٹس کمیٹی کا سربراہ نامزد کرنے پر آمادہ ہو گئی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ یہ نامزدگی شفافیت اور احتساب کیلئے ضروری ہے اور اپوزیشن کو حکومت کو جوابدہ بناناچاہئے۔ بلاول نے یہ بھی کہا کہ حکومت نے کسی قانون سازی کے بغیر کئی ماہ ضائع کر دیئے ہیں۔ دوسری جانب، چیئرمین پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی بلاول بھٹو کے ترجمان سینیٹر مصطفیٰ نواز کھوکھر نے حکومت کی طرف سے قائد حزبِ اختلاف شہباز شریف
LT GEN H S PANAG