Twitter had a field day today after Punjab Assembly’s decision to raise salaries and perks of MPAs, ministers and the provincial chief minister. People aside, even Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan showed disappointment over it.
Khan said that he is ‘extremely disappointed’ by the decision, as when Pakistan is financially struggling, it is an unwelcome move. He also went on calling the move ‘untestable’.
”I am extremely disappointed by the decision of Punjab Assembly to raise pays & privileges of MPAs, Ministers & esp CM. Once prosperity returns to Pak such a move could be justified, but now, when we do not have resources to provide basic amenities to all our people, this is untenable” – he wrote expressing his views over the recent development.
I am extremely disappointed by decision of Punjab Assembly to raise pays & privileges of MPAs, Ministers & esp CM. Once prosperity returns to Pak such a move cld be justified, but now, when we do not have resources to provide basic amenities to all our people, this is untenable
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 14, 2019
The Punjab Assembly doubled the salaries of its members and increased the salaries of its members amid PM’s austerity drive. It was done in extreme urgency, within 24 hours of tabling the concerned bill. The legislation was unanimously-passed and was tabled as a private bill by treasury’s Ghazanfar Abbas Cheena.
After the new legislation, the salary of Punjab’s chief minister will be Rs 350,000 per month, while members will now draw over 200,000 per month as their basic pay. With the rise in pay, the allowances have been increased to more than double as well. After Imran Khan, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary also condemned the move and said it appears that Punjab Assembly is unaware of PM’s austerity drive.
”Seems Punjab Government and the CM House is in the dark about the PM and the federal Govt Austerity policies otherwise such sham exercise of awarding huge benefits to themselves would not have happened…” – he wrote.
Following it, the Twitter community also sprung into action, calling PA out on it.
— Haseeb Sarwar Khan (@hasebsarwarkhan) March 14, 2019
— Falcon786 (@King_Falcon786) March 14, 2019
My reaction on my friend @ShehzadRoy ‘s Retweet of #ImranKhan ‘s Tweet 2day in which Imran Khan expressed his shallow disappointment on #PunjabGovernment ‘s decision to increase salaries of #PunjabAssembly members by more than 100%.
Petty politics of self glorification! pic.twitter.com/Ijin27wYa3
— Jawad Ahmad (@jawadahmadone) March 14, 2019
Shame shame pic.twitter.com/suq7CuZv4D
— Dr Sadia Khalid (@ResearcherPPK) March 14, 2019
— Bilal Khawar (@BilalKhawar14) March 14, 2019
— Iqra (@iqra921150) March 14, 2019
When Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.A) became the caliph he set his salary same as the income of a labourer. Now the members of #PunjabAssembly who were already getting paid way more then the average citizen,way way more than they deserved now increased their pays absolutely Shameful. pic.twitter.com/S54opK2VYN
— ToWhomItMayConcern (@A54972455) March 14, 2019
Really condemn this act from Punjab govt while nation is going through such difficult period @UsmanAKBuzdar ND Co has increase their Income from 59 to almost 4 Lac
Sorry IK this man is not Wasim Akram plus
He is not capable of this post #Shame #PunjabAssembly pic.twitter.com/NjPnOnlbg6
— Hamza Hashmi PTI (@HamzaHashmiPTI) March 14, 2019
Imran Khan should sack Usman Buzdar. Its hightime that he does it. Bring an influential person instead. How can he just increase his salary like three times the actual amount? That's pathetic. Qaum yahan par Marr rahi hai mehngai aur ghurbat main aur ye dekho zara#PunjabAssembly pic.twitter.com/3dcsovsszb
— Gilal_Waseem (@GilalWaseem1) March 14, 2019
FOR TRIPLING THE SALARY OF THE #CM.
For giving a house to the CM after retirement. A 2500 cc SUV.
This is not gonna work with the ones who voted for you.
THIS DECISION HAS TO BE REVERESED
— Mir Mohammad Alikhan (@MirMAKOfficial) March 14, 2019
I request you all to file a complaint in the citizen portal under corruption. This is the highest level of corruption. We shall not forget that our country is in debt. #PunjabAssembly pic.twitter.com/Am29RoxbBz
— Subhan Ihsan (@init_five) March 14, 2019
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