Bilawal questions legality of National Development Council

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KARACHI: PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday questioned the legal basis of government’s decision to set up the National Development Council (NDC).

Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa is also a member of the newly-constituted council that is headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“What is the legal basis for the National Development Council? Our armed forces are supposed to be non-controversial that’s why we keep them away from such political areas,” Bilawal Bhutto said in his address to the lower house of the Parliament.

“We cannot afford let the armed forces take the blame for high taxes, unemployment, disastrous IMF deal, or lack of development in any part of Pakistan,” he argued

The PPP chief lamented that no production orders were issued for two members of the house elected from Waziristan.

“Not issuing production order of national assembly members is also censorship,” he said, urging NA Speaker Asad Qaiser to play his part to issue production order for Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has to lead the nation but right now he is acting like a ruler not a leader.

“Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto prefered to remain alive in the history but did not bow down, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto prefered to risk her life,””We sacrificed immensely for the supremacy of this house.”

“If the government and opposition parties act as opposition in the assembly, who is going to run the government,” he said.