Finance Minister Ishaq Dar presented fourth annual budget Rupees 4.4 trillion budget in the National Assembly on Friday, June 3. This budget has been met with strong reprehension, by Pakistan Christian Congress Chief Dr. Nazir S Bhatti. He rejected the budget while saying it had no veneration for minorities’ welfare.
Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar presented the budget in both Houses of the parliament. The total expenditure for 2016-17 is budgeted at Rupees 4.395 trillion compared to the revised estimates of Rupees 4.095 trillion for 2015-16, showing an increase of 7.3 percent.
“The minorities’ communities are facing economic crisis in Pakistan without any share in economic documents which is only for section of majority Muslims and to sustain feudalism in Pakistan to prolong rule on poor and down trodden religious minorities,” Dr. Nazir S Bhatti remarked about the budget.
According to the Pakistan Christian Congress chief, this is an anti-minorities’ budget as there is no allocation for welfare of Pakistani citizens hailing from religious minorities. He criticized that the budget does not houses allocations for sustenance or endorsement of Human Rights in the country. This is an anti-minorities budget like previous budgets, he noted.
PCC chief went on to speculate that if the government of Pakistan had allocated funds generated form revenue collected on Liquor distribution for the minorities then the scenarios could have been little different. He took the government to task by questioning, if selling or buying liquor is un-Islamic, how could the revenue generated from its sale be used for Muslims.