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Finance Bill 2021 passed with simple majority

The PTI-led coalition government on Tuesday smoothly approved its annual budget proposals for the next fiscal year, without facing any resistance by opposition.

Tarin moved the Finance Bill, 2021 in the House following which the opposition lawmakers debated it.

PPPP MNA Nawab Yousaf Ahmed Talpur demanded counting on the motion moved for consideration of the bill.

A total of 172 lawmakers voted in favor of the motion while 138 lawmakers opposed it.

The motion was passed with majority vote which led to the passage of Finance Bill, 2021 after clause by clause reading as well as voice voting along with amendments.

Earlier, around 240 MNAs participated in the budget debate which formally continued from June 14 to June 24, 2021 (10 working days) while a total of 128 demands for grants were also approved.

According to the Rule 187 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in National Assembly 2007, not less than four days shall be allotted for the general discussion on the budget.

However, the National Assembly continued debate on the finance bill, 2021 for 10 days.

The formal debate started on June 17, 2021 and it continued till June 24, 2021. The House also discussed recommendation of the Senate and 12 MNAs expressed their views on it.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also attended the sitting and the House passed the Finance Bill 2021 after clause by clause reading.

Later, the House was adjourned to meet again on Wednesday at 11:30 am.

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