President Dr Arif Alvi addressed the joint session of parliament on Monday, highlighting the progress made by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, to mark the beginning of the fourth parliamentary year of the National Assembly.
Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as various foreign dignitaries are also attending the session.
The president’s address went on as opposition initially protested, chanting slogans against the government and Prime Minister Imran Khan. The opposition also held banners ‘rejecting’ the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) law.
However, led by opposition leaders Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Shehbaz Sharif, the opposition staged a walkout soon after the address began.
The president said that the opposition will have to acknowledge the successes Pakistan made in the previous three years regardless of its protests. He said the country’s was on the “right track”, whereas its economy was progressing.
He said that during the Covid-19 pandemic, economies of various countries shrunk while Pakistan’s progressed “all because of the government’s effective policies”. The president further attributed the success in the construction sector to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s policies.
“The government gave the construction sector a subsidy of Rs36 billion,” he said, adding that the confidence of international investors had gone up by 60%.
President Alvi added that the country could not progress earlier due to corruption and wrong policies of the past governments.