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Zardari for joint strategy to strengthen country’s economy

ISLAMABAD, June 20 (WNP): Former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Parliamentarians President Asif Ali Zardari, addressing the lower house of the Parliament for the first time since his arrest by the National Accountability Bureau, Thursday said the government and the opposition should sit together and discuss an economic policy to move forward.

“Let’s give the economic policy ownership, so that it remains forever,” he said.

During Zardari’s appearance, his two daughters — Aseefa and Bakhtawar — were seated in the National Assembly gallery while his son, PPP Chairperson and MNA Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, was also in attendance.

Taking aim at the government’s recently introduced budget, Zardari said industries were placing ads in newspapers saying, “Save us”.

“If the budget is so good and so expected and if we are getting money from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), why are people crying, why are industries crying?” he questioned.

Zardari said the budget had raised government salaries but it had also increased taxes.

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