Zardari attends NA post-budget session after production orders issued

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Islamabad: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday shifted former president Asif Ali Zardari to the National Assembly ahead of post-budget session.

In a brief speech, the Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman condemned the increased taxes imposed on salaries of government office bearers, stating that there is no significant increase in the salaries given the tax intensified alongside.

The PPP chairman drew government’s attention toward the pests damaging crops in parts of Sindh.

Talking about the current economic situation, he said government and opposition can sit together to discuss issues affecting the economy.

Zardari said government should refrain from taking steps that could trigger countrywide protests and create situation that would be no longer in control of politicians.

Without naming anyone, he said the forces who brought the PTI into power should also  think  about the consequences.

Speaker Asad Qaiser issued his production orders a day earlier after the Opposition raised the matter.

The PPP co-chairman was accompanied by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari.

He was arrested by the anti-graft body for probe into money laundering and fake bank accounts cases.

NA Speaker also issued production orders for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique.