Citizens Forum on Performance of the 13th National Assembly of Pakistan: Budget Session 2011-2012

Thursday, July 14, 2011; Hotel Marriott, Islamabad

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Publication No: PM-030

Rs 3,000  

In order to discuss overall performance of the National Assembly of Pakistan during the Budget Process 2011-2012, PILDAT, from Citizens perspective, held a Roundtable oundtable Discussion on Performance of the National Assembly of Pakistan during the Budget Process 2011-2012 on Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Islamabad. “Power over purse strings” or the “power of the purse” is an incontestable democratic fundamental. This essentially that there is an obligation on elected representatives of the people in the Parliament to ensure that all revenue and spending measures they authorize, legally and constitutionally, are fiscally sound, match the needs and aspirations of the population with equity, and that they are being implemented appropriately and efficiently. It further symbolizes that it is “we the people” who make and implement the budget for themselves. Key speakers at the Roundtable Discussion on Performance of the National Assembly of Pakistan during the Budget Process 2011-2012 included Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, MNA, (PML-N, NA-50, Rawalpindi-I, Punjab), Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, MNA, (MQM, NA-252, Karachi-XIV, Sindh), Mr. Wazir Ahmed Jogezai, Former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly; Mr. Abdullah Yusuf, former Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, Executive Director of PILDAT.

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