The National Assembly continued discussion on the budget for next fiscal year on Friday.  

Participating in the debate, Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf said the agriculture sector should be uplifted to save the economy.

He said the latest technology should be introduced to increase agricultural productivity.   

He said the government should extend facilitation to the farmers to convert their tubewells to solar. Besides, he said the issue of shortage of fertilizers should be addressed at the earliest.

Shahida Rehmani called for installation of a desalination plant in Karachi to address the issue of water shortage in the provincial capital.                            

Shagufta Jamani said science and technology education should be introduced in the religious seminaries in order to bring their students into the national mainstream.

Maulana Asmatullah asked the government to focus on the development of Quetta.

Mir Munawar Ali Talpur criticized previous government of PTI saying it failed to fulfill the promises made with the people.

Responding to points of Fehmida Mirza of GDA, Minister for Water Resources Khurshid Shah said water shortage is a serious issue.

He said efforts will be made to ensure the water reaches the tail end of Sindh province. He said water situation has improved to some extent in Tarbela due to the recent rains.

Federal Minister Javed Latif said the present government cannot be held responsible for the dire economic situation of the country. He said there is need to sit together to take the country forward.                                                                     

The House has been adjourned to meet again on Monday at 4:00 pm.      

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