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Ministerís call to boycott Budget vote irks government members

By Munza Mushtaq
Non Cabinet Minister Cegu Isadeanís call to all Muslim parliamentarians to boycott the third reading of the Budget scheduled for December 14 has ticked off many sections of the government, including top ministers, The Nation learns.

Several ministers had taken serious note of Isadeanís appeal, which was unprecedented, coming from a government member who was also a minister. Isadean had made the call last Friday during a protest launched after Jumma prayers, against the recent Supreme Court ruling which banned the use of loudspeakers from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The matter was taken up by government members during several informal meetings they had with National Unity Alliance (NUA) Leader Ferial Ashraff, where they had expressed their displeasure over Isadeanís statement. Isadean is also the NUA Deputy Leader.

During the informal meetings, Ashraff had distanced herself from the statement and had categorically told her colleague ministers that neither she nor her party had anything to do with Isadeanís sentiments.

When The Nation contacted Ashraff, she insisted that the call by the NUAís Deputy Leader was not a party decision. She asserted that she had nothing to do with it. She emphasised that since it was a legal matter, it should be dealt with through legal means.

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