Govt uses Senate session to defend itself

ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday effectively utilised an opposition-requisitioned session of the Senate to defend itself on several key policy fronts, even as the upper house unanimously approved an amendment to the Elections Act 2017, aimed at restoring the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat declaration for election candidates.

As many as five ministers, responding to rhetoric-laden speeches of opposition members, defended their government’s economic and internal policies, as well as the actions of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the aftermath of the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

“The government and the PML-N do not want a confrontation among institutions,” Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said in response to members’ allegations that the PML-N was pitting institutions against each other merely to save the corrupt Sharif family.

“We did not throw stones at anyone, we did not revolt despite the sacking of an elected prime minister,” Mr Rafique said, adding

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